At least nine militants affiliated with the terror outfit Islamic State (IS) have been killed during the ongoing Hamza operations in Afghan's eastern Nangarhar province.
"The Hamza operations are underway in the restive parts of Nangarhar province in a bid to eliminate the ISIS militants and insurgents belonging to the other terrorist groups," Khaama Press quoted the Afghan military as saying.
The operations were conducted with the help of the Air Support in Tangi Mamand and Wach Zhwara areas.
No comments have been received yet from the armed militant groups including the IS insurgents.
According to the local officials, a key Taliban local leader was arrested during an operation of the Afghan police forces in Chaparhar district last week.
The officials further noted that the detained individual has been identified as Bismillah also famous as Ayoubi who was in charge of a group of at least twenty Taliban fighters, the report said.