A Team Of ISIS Militants Accidentally Blew Themselves Up In Afghanistan

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U.S. Army soldiers perform a controlled detonation while on a joint patrol with the Zabul Agribusiness Development Team near Jamalkhel, Afghanistan on Dec. 7, 2011.
U.S. Army photo by Lt. Col. Daniel Bohmer

Roughly a dozen Islamic State militants accidentally blew themselves up  and injured 21 other militants in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, on March 13, during a failed attempt to plant a roadside bomb, reports  Phillip Walter Wellman of Stars and Stripes.


According to Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for Nangarhar province’s provincial governor, “they were attempting to move an IED (improvised explosive device) to a crowded area of Achin, but it went off before they reached the planned place.”

A statement from Afghanistan’s Ministry of Defense said the militants were attempting to transport the device from the Mazdaki area of Achin District near the Pakistani border, to Shedil Bazar, in the same district, when it detonated prematurely, reports the Khaama Press in Afghanistan.

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There were no civilian casualties reported.

The Islamic State’s presence in Afghanistan has faced strong resistance from both security forces and the Taliban, with most of its estimated 1,000 - 3,000 members believed to be former Taliban fighters.

Additionally, American commanders in Afghanistan have stepped up their attacks against ISIS targets in Afghanistan.

Following an Islamic State attack on the Pakistani consulate in the Jalalabad, Pakistan, on Jan.14, President Barack Obama gave U.S. commanders the authority to strike Islamic State targets inside of Afghanistan, reports the Washington Post.

Since that time, the U.S. has increased its air strikes in Afghanistan, with U.S. warplanes engaging enemy forces 128 times in January 2016. Roughly 20 air strikes were directed at Islamic State targets in late January and early February of this year, Reuters reports.

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KABUL (Reuters) - The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility on Sunday for a suicide blast at a wedding reception in Afghanistan that killed 63 people, underlining the dangers the country faces even if the Taliban agrees a pact with the United States.

The Saturday night attack came as the Taliban and the United States try to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of U.S. forces in exchange for a Taliban commitment on security and peace talks with Afghanistan's U.S.-backed government.

Islamic State fighters, who first appeared in Afghanistan in 2014 and have since made inroads in the east and north, are not involved in the talks. They are battling government and U.S.-led international forces and the Taliban.

The group, in a statement on the messaging website Telegram, claimed responsibility for the attack at a west Kabul wedding hall in a minority Shi'ite neighborhood, saying its bomber had been able to infiltrate the reception and detonate his explosives in the crowd of "infidels".

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