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Taliban Claims Arrest Of Four Islamic State Militants Near Kabul


A Taliban fighter prays at the Abdul Rahman Mosque in Kabul on October 4.

The Taliban says it has arrested four members of the rival Islamic State (IS) extremist group north of the Afghan capital, while at least two Taliban fighters were killed in an attack in the country's east.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on October 6 that the IS militants were arrested during an overnight operation in Kabul Province’s Paghman district in which documents and weapons were seized.

He provided no additional details.

The IS group’s local affiliate, the Islamic State-Khorasan Province (IS-K), has not commented on the claims.

Since the Taliban took control of most of Afghanistan in August, IS-K militants have ramped up attacks against the country’s new rulers.

On October 5, reports said at least two Taliban members were shot and killed and three civilians were wounded when unknown gunmen opened fire on a Taliban patrol at a vegetable market in the eastern city of Jalalabad.

The unknown assailants took the fighters' weapons before fleeing the scene.

IS-K militants did not claim the market shooting, but it has carried out similar attacks in and around Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar Province, since the Taliban takeover.

The group has claimed responsibility for a deadly blast that struck near the entrance of a Kabul mosque on October 3 as mourners left a prayer ceremony dedicated to the death of Mujahid's mother.

This story also includes reporting by Radio Azadi correspondents in Afghanistan. Their names are being withheld for their protection.

With reporting by AP and dpa
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