17 IS militants killed in airstrike in Afghanistan

Officials have informed that 14 militants were killed in Haska Mina district while the rest three were killed in Achin district. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 15, 2018, 01.38 AM (IST)

Around 17 militants affiliated with the Islamic State have been killed in a drone strike carried out in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan  on Sunday.

The latest airstrike was conducted by the United States forces in two districts using an unnamed aerial vehicle. 

Officials have informed that 14 militants were killed in Haska Mina district while the rest three were killed in Achin district.

According to reports, foreign fighters were are also among those killed in the airstrikes. The coalition sent an Afghan militia leader, a USA service member, and an interpreter. 

Reports further say that a compound of terror group was also targeted and taken during the air strike. 

There have been no comments from the militant group as yet. 

According to the report, US warplanes have carried out hundreds of airstrikes, while its special forces conducted ground operations in the province.

As per the new Afghan strategy of the US administration, which President Donald Trump announced in August, the forces have intensified the attacks against Taliban and the number of soldiers has gone up as well.

Presently, there are about 14,000 US soldiers in Afghanistan.