Several senior leaders of the Islamic State-Khorasan group were killed or arrested in recent raids by Afghan security forces and the Taliban-led government.
Three senior leaders of the Islamic State-Khorasan group were killed in a special raid conducted in the Balkh province of Afghanistan on Sunday. The Afghan General Directorate of Intelligence (GDI) stated that the leaders, including Mavlavi Ziauddin, Abu Omar Afridi, and Ustad Salman Tajiki, were killed in the operation. The GDI added that Ziauddin was the acting governor of the group and oversaw administrative and judicial matters, while Afridi was a senior member of the Khorasan branch council, and Tajiki was a specialist in bomb-making and military training. The Taliban-led government has been conducting operations against ISIS militants across the country, resulting in the arrest and killing of several militants. The ISIS militants have claimed responsibility for various attacks in Afghanistan, including in Balkh, Kabul, and Herat provinces.