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IS militants leave Borka district after deal with Taliban

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AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The Islamic State (IS) militants have left Borka district of northern Baghlan province, said an official source.

Hajji Muhammad, a representative of the district in Baghlan Provincial Council (PC), told Azadi Radio: “Daesh previously had presence in the province, but after that conflict between the group and the Taliban were brought to an end through mediation, the IS militants left the district and went to Nangarhar province.” He added that there only Taliban militants in some parts of the district now.

Safdar Muhsini, the Chairman of Baghlan PC, had previously expressed his concerns over presence of IS militants in Borka district and had said that the group might become a big headache, if the government didn’t take timely action.

Ferozuddin Aymaq, the deputy chief of Baghlan PC, said that Jundullah militant group in the district recently swore allegiance to IS. He added that they have expressed their concerns to security organization regarding presence of the group in Borka.

Abdul Rashid Bashir, a security official in the province, rejected presence of IS militants in Baghlan. “IS militants had come to Borka district, but after reaction from local people they have now left the district,” he said.