Islamic State Militants Slay 3 Brothers in E. Afghanistan | Pakistan News Digest

Islamic State Militants Slay 3 Brothers in E. Afghanistan


Islamic State militants decapitated three brothers in Chaparhar district, its traditional stronghold in eastern Nangarhar province, officials told VOA.

Nisar, Naeem and Abul Wahab, all working in the medical profession, did not have any links to the Afghan government, Attullah Khogyani Nangarhar, provincial government spokesperson, told VOA. They were all taken out from their residence in Chaprahar district and were slain brutally, he said.

IS militants operate in different parts of eastern Nangarhar province where they target local residents and Afghan security forces, officials claim.

Father killed earlier

Hazrat Hussain Mashiqiwal, Nangarhar province police chief, said, Militants killed the father of the three brothers last year, but no group claimed responsibility for the killing. We are investigating the killing of the three brothers.

Local residents claim the brothers were killed in public.

They (IS militants) warned us to not touch the bodies," Taaj Mohammad, a local resident of Chaprahar district, told VOA. Chaprahar district is located 20 kilometers south of Jalalabad, the capital city of eastern Nangarhar province.

Doctors plan strike

Medical professionals in eastern Nangarhar province claim to have been threatened, kidnapped and even killed by various criminal groups.

We condemn the killing of the medical profession members. It is a barbarous act, Gulam Sakhi Rahmanzai, director of Doctors' Union in eastern Nangarhar province, told VOA.

On Sunday, several people associated with the medical profession said they would go on strike in eight days unless the government improves their security.

According to the Nangarhar Medical Sector, during the past six months, two doctors were killed, five more were wounded, and seven doctors were released after they paid ransom.

National security forces have arrested six suspected kidnappers, including two Taliban insurgents. Two of the suspects have confessed to having links with (the) Islamic State terror group, said Khogyani.

Artillery attack claims 17

IS's self-styled Khorasan province branch (IS-K) emerged in the mountainous areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan more than two years ago and has wreaked havoc in several Afghan provinces, including eastern Nangarhar province.

But Afghan officials said they and their U.S. allies are fighting back. Monday, a U.S. artillery attack on the Deh Bala district of eastern Nangarhar province killed at least 17 IS militants.

Ziaurrahman Hasrat contributed to this report from Nangarhar, Afghanistan.

Source: Voice of America



ISLAMABAD, Pakistan April 23 (NNN-Xinhua) -- Pakistan strongly condemned the "heinous and reprehensible" suicide attacks that targeted innocent civilians at a voters' registration center in capital Kabul of Afghanistan on Sunday.

The Afghan Public Health Ministry said death toll from the deadly Kabul suicide attack reached 52 and 112 others were wounded.

"We are grieved at the loss of precious innocent lives in this brutal act of terrorism," the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said.

The ministry's spokesman Mohammad Faisal expressed sympathies and condolences to the bereaved families and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured.

"Pakistan is confident that such attacks would not deter the resolve of the Afghan people to determine their own future through the exercise of their right to vote," the spokesman said.

He said Pakistan reiterates its unequivocal condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and expresses solidarity with the government and people of Afghanistan in this hour of grief and sorrow.

Reports suggested that the Islamic State group claimed responsible for the Kabul attack.



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