Taliban, IS clash in Afghanistan, one killed

Shiberghan: At least one Islamic State (IS) militant was killed and two others injured in a clash between the radical IS outfit and Taliban fanatic group in Jawzjan province on Sunday, provincial governor’s spokesman Mohammad Reza Ghafori said.

The clash, according to the official, took place in the wake of the IS terror group killing a Taliban commander a few days ago.

The Taliban fighters in retaliation stormed the rival group’s position in Darzab district on Sunday, killing at least one fighter and injuring two others, Xinhua news agency reported.

Taliban militants were preparing to launch a massive offensive against the IS group in Darzab and Qush Tepa districts, the official said.

IS fighters who gained ground in Darzab and neighbouring Qush Tepa district a year ago have been fighting to consolidate positions and expand their influence in Jawzjan and adjoining Saripul, Faryab and Balkh province.