On October 28, ISIS fighters captured several positions of the Taliban in Wazir village in Khogyani district of Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan, according to the ISIS linked news agency Amaq. 11 Taliban fighters were allegedly killed, and 12 others were injured during the attack.
Amaq also reported on October 29 that ISIS fighters ambushed a group of Afghan soldiers near Judrah village in Haska Meyna district of Nangarhar province. Amaq claimed that 3 soldiers of the Afghan Army were killed, and 2 others were injured in the ambush.
In the last two years ISIS slowly turned Nangarhar province into its main stronghold in Afghanistan. So far ,the Afghan Army has not able to counter the ISIS expansion in the province.
On October 29, Afghan Interior Minister Wais Barmak and Nangarhar Province Police Chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi told the Internal Security Commission of the Afghan House of the People that over 5,000 radical Islamist fighters are active in more than 10 districts in Nangarhar province.
Barmak stressed that the security situation in Khogyani is concerning, and called for joint efforts at preventing militants from advancing. Bamak added that the strategy is being formulated to eliminate Khogyani-based militants who are mainly ISIS fighters.