Zabihullah Amani, spokesperson for Sar-e-Pul governor, told Kabul Now that over 40 suspicious Islamic State families who are all foreign citizens, mostly from Pakistan, have been settled in Kohistanat district of the northern Sar-e-Pul province.
As the local official stated, local intelligence reports suggest that the families have been settled there to create a foothold in the district.
The news comes while Afghan security and defense forces have intensified their military campaign in recent month to suppress militants affiliated with the Islamic State Khurasan Province (ISKP) in the eastern Nangarhar province.
In a visit to Achin district of the province, Nangarhar governor Shah Mahmood Miakhel, said that 62 ISKP militants were killed and 32 others wounded as the result of operations conducted by Afghan forces over past one and a half month in the district, according to a statement issued by the province media office today, October 23.
He added that some training centers, propaganda centers, and weapons cache of the terrorist group were also destroyed during the operation.
According to the governor, 10 Afghan security forces were killed and four others injured in the operations.