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Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 14:44

IS ‘kills dozens of civilians’ in Afghanistan

By Reuters

IS ‘kills dozens of civilians’ in Afghanistan
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HERAT, Afghanistan – Suspected Islamic State (IS) fighters killed dozens of civilians in the remote Afghan province of Ghor in revenge for the death of one of their commanders, a provincial official said on Wednesday.

Ghor has not been known as a major center for IS, which has been concentrated in the eastern state of Nangarhar

"Afghan police killed a Daesh commander in Ghor province during an operation yesterday but Daesh fighters abducted some 30 civilians from near the provincial capital and shot them all dead in revenge," said Abdul Hai Khatibi, a spokesman for the governor, using a name commonly given to Islamic State .

The killings followed an attack by militants near Feroz Koh, the provincial capital, on Tuesday.

Ziauddin Saqib, the deputy provincial police chief in restive Ghor says the 20 were from a group of 33 taken by militants near the provincial capital of Ferozkoh.

The abductions took place while battles were underway between the Taliban and Afghan security forces on Tuesday that saw two militant commanders killed.

IS ‘kills dozens of civilians’ in Afghanistan
An Afghan soldier points his gun at an Islamic State group banner as he patrols during ongoing clashes in Kot District in eastern Nangarhar province on July 26, 2016. (Noorullah Shirzada / AFP)

Ghor, in central-western Afghanistan , has not been known as a major center for Islamic State, which has been concentrated in the eastern state of Nangarhar.

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