The Daesh terrorist group has beheaded at least 15 of its own members in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar, local officials say.
Attaullah Khogyani, the provincial governor’s spokesman, said on Thursday that the Takfiri militants were executed following an infighting among them in the Achin district of the province.
Daesh has taken advantage of the ongoing chaos in Afghanistan to establish a foothold in the country and recruited some of its fighters from among Taliban defectors. As a result, the Taliban and Daesh have frequently fought each other in Nangarhar and elsewhere.
According to Afghan intelligence documents, security officials believe Daesh is present in nine provinces, from Nangarhar and Kunar in the east to Jawzjan, Faryab and Badakhshan in the north and Ghor in the central west.
The terrorist outfit, which has become notorious for its brutality, began establishing a notable presence in Afghanistan almost a year after making sweeping land grabs in Iraq and Syria in 2014.
It has mostly been populating the eastern province of Nangarhar, from where it has carried out high-profile brutal attacks against major population centers in the Central Asian country.
Former President Hamid Karzai recently said that the US was colluding with Daesh in Afghanistan and allowing the Takfiri group to flourish in the war-stricken country.