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Key Daesh media member killed in Nangarhar

Key Daesh media member killed in Nangarhar

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Nov 07, 2020 - 16:47

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): A key media member of Daesh or Islamic State-Khorasan Province (ISKP) has been killed in an operation in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province, the governor’s house said on Saturday.

However, local residents say the slain person was a civilian and a student of a private university.

A statement from the governor’s house said Special Forces’ 02 Unit conducted an operation in Akmalati Biz area of fourth police district of Jalalabad city on Friday night.

The security forces killed Asad Zaland, a key member of Daesh’s media and also a group leader, after an exchange of gunfire. It claimed Zaland was involved in targeting senior government officials and organizing terror attacks.

The statement said the slain person had close relations with Daesh’s media in charge for the province, Omar Faroq aka Adnan, who has been previously arrested.

However, local people said the person killed was a civilian and a student of a private university.

Burhanullah, uncle of the slain person, said his nephew had attained educationinfo-icon in pharmacy and was working with a pharmaceutical company. He was also a law student in Altaqwa Private University, he said.

The uncle said Zaland left behind two daughters and a son. “Afghan forces could detain him without using force, but they killed him extra-judicially”, he said.

Nangarhar governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani confirmed the incident and said an investigation was underway to determine who was killed in the incident.

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