KABUL, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- Afghan forces, in operations against IS group, had killed 86 militants inclduing seven foreigners in the eastern and northern region of the conflict-hit country in a single day on Tuesday, officials said.
In the crackdown backed by aircraft, 60 militants loyal to the hardliner IS outfit were killed in the eastern Nangarhar province.
Spokesman for the Nangarhar provincial government Attaullah Khogiani said Tuesday that the crackdown which began early Tuesday morning and covered parts of Haska Mina district, besides killing 60 IS fighters, have also injured 18 others.
Similarly, the government forces conducted drone strikes against IS militants in Darzab district of the northern Jawzjan province Tuesday morning, killing 26 fighters including seven foreigners, provincial police chief Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani confirmed.
According to Jawzjani, the security forces, acting on intelligence report, conducted drone strikes against IS rebels in Darzab district early Tuesday morning, killing 26 fighters including seven foreigners and injuring 20 others.
Without identifying the nationality of the alleged foreign fighters, Jawzjani said that foreign nationals from some countries are fighting along with IS insurgents in Darzab district.
Security officials have said that the government forces will intensify operations against anti-government militants including IS in winter to destroy their hideouts and bastions elsewhere in the militancy-riddle country.