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Militants allied to Islamic State attack Afghanistan forces

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KABUL:(APS)At least 300 Islamic State fighters have attacked checkpoints in eastern Afghanistan, in a rare co-ordinated assault on the security forces.

According to BBC that Two policemen were killed in the ongoing attacks in Nangarhar province.

Government forces are resisting the attacks, in Achin district, and have killed 60 militants, he said.

Militants affiliated to Islamic State have have been gaining support in Afghanistan.

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A statement purportedly issued by an IS affiliate claimed a “big attack” had been carried out in Nangarhar.

Locals in the province say the group has been torturing and beheading people and taking prisoners.

The attacks come a day after a special operation by government forces killed 51 IS militants, according to a spokesman for the Afghan interior ministry.

Achin district is close to the border with Pakistan, in an area IS refers to as Khorasan state.

In another attack, a suicide bomber detonated his explosive devices in a playground in the Khair Kut district of Paktika province on Sunday, killing at least nine civilians and injuring dozens, police say.

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