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US drone strike kills 14 Islamic State militants in Afghanistan's Kunar province

Kabul: Afghan officials say a US drone strike has killed 14 Islamic State militants in a remote area in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province.

Abdul Ghani Musamim, spokesman for the provincial governor, said on Saturday that the strike took place on Thursday afternoon in the Chawkay district.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

He says it targeted a meeting of IS commanders planning for a terrorist attack. The government has no control of the remote area where Afghanistan's IS affiliate has managed to establish a presence.

The spokesman for the Ministry of Defence, Dawlat Waziri, also confirmed the report. There was no immediate comment from the U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan.

However, lawmaker Shazada Shaheed rejected the report, claiming the victims of the strike were civilians. The IS affiliate has grown in Afghanistan over the last few years.

Published Date: Oct 14, 2017 14:38 PM | Updated Date: Oct 14, 2017 14:38 PM

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