Kabul: Suspected Islamic State fighters killed 30 civilians in the remote Afghan province of Ghor in revenge for the death of one of their commanders, a provincial official said on Wednesday.
“Afghan police killed a Daesh commander in Ghor province during an operation on Tuesday but Daesh fighters abducted some 30 civilians from near the provincial capital and shot them all dead in revenge,” said Abdul Hai Khatibi, a spokesman for the governor, using a name commonly given to Islamic State.
The killings followed an attack by militants near Feroz Koh, the provincial capital, on Tuesday.
“Their dead bodies were found by local people this morning.” There has so far been no official claim of responsibility from the group.
Ghor, in central-western Afghanistan, has not been known as a major centre for Islamic State, which has been concentrated in the eastern state of Nangarhar.The killings underscore unravelling security in Afghanistan as the resurgent Taliban continue a push into urban centres 15 years after they were toppled from power by the US invasion.
ISIS fighters are also making steady inroads into Afghanistan, winning over sympathisers, recruiting followers and challenging the Taliban on their own turf, primarily in the country’s east.