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Afghan Special Forces arrest local Daesh leader

Afghan Special Forces have arrested the leader of the Daesh terrorist group’s affiliate in Afghanistan.

According to Press TV, National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a statement on Saturday Special Forces of the Afghan’s NDS arrested Abdullah Orakzai, alias Aslam Farooqi, who led Daesh’s so-called Khorasan Province affiliate, the Daesh-KP, during an operation on Friday.

At least two other top commanders of the terrorist group were also arrested in the special operation, along with 17 other terrorists, according to the NDS.

Orakzai was said to have been behind terror-related activities both in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He took over as the chief of the outfit after the death of Abu Saeed Bajawori in 2018.

Further information was not offered by NDS, and it was not clear where in Afghanistan the operation had taken place.

The Daesh-KP claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack on a Hindu-Sikh religious complex in the capital, Kabul, last month, killing 25 people.

In recent years, Daesh has claimed responsibility for a string of horrific bombing and other attacks across Afghanistan.

The Takfiri group emerged in Afghanistan in 2015 as it gradually faced defeat and lost its strongholds in Syria and Iraq.

The terrorist group, which has based itself mainly in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar Province, has an estimated 2,000 to 2,500 terrorists.

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