Pakistani police: 3 Afghans from IS group killed near border
PESHAWAR (AP) — Pakistani counterterrorism forces claim they killed three militants from Afghanistan who were part of the Islamic State group. The raid was conducted near Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan.
The latest violence in Pakistan involved extremist groups, which appear to be encouraged by the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan.
The dawn raid took place in Peshawar (capital of the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province), said Javed Khan an officer from the provincial Counter-Terrorism Department. This branch is a police unit that fights foreign and local militant groups.
Khan stated that the militants killed were Afghans and that the raid stopped a terrorist attack. He said that two other fighters were able to flee the scene, but did not provide any further details.
Pakistan witnessed numerous terrorist attacks in the past few years. Most of these were carried out by the Pakistani Taliban or the Islamic State group. The Taliban’s resurgence has given both organizations the confidence they need to continue their operations in Afghanistan. Pakistani militants are believed to still be hiding there.
Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi visited Kabul on Thursday with a delegation to discuss a variety of issues. This was before the news about the raid was published. The matter was not discussed.