More than a dozen civilians have been killed and wounded, and hundreds of families displaced by fierce fighting in recent days between the Islamic State (IS) terror group and Taliban insurgents in eastern Afghanistan.
At least 8 civilians have been killed and 4 others wounded as clashes between the two rival groups continued for the sixth day on Friday in the Waziro Tangi region of the Khogyani district in eastern Nangarhar province.
Among the dead were four civilians who were caught in the crossfire of clashes Sunday, local officials told VOA.
The fighting has also displaced about 2,000 families who have fled the Wazir Tangi area to safer places, Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesperson for Nangarhar’s governor, told VOA.
“We are fleeing our homes. Only a few elders have remained in the village. Hopefully, they will join us soon. Everyone is leaving,” Ahmad Saeed, a displaced local resident told VOA who did not know where he and his family would end up.
Many of the displaced families say they are living in dire conditions. Mubarez Khadim, chief of Khogyani district, told VOA the displaced families have not received any emergency assistance from the government.
Provincial authorities, however, said they have started surveying the displaced families to provide them with humanitarian assistance.