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Almost 2,000 ISIL militants located in Northern Afghanistan, Putin says

10:23, 16 October 2021
 Almost 2,000 ISIL militants located in Northern Afghanistan, Putin says Photo: kremlin.ru

The Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that a big group of ISIL* militants is located in the northern part of Afghanistan. 


“According to our intelligence, the number of (ISIL) members alone in northern Afghanistan is about 2,000 people,” Putin said during a video conference meeting with leaders of other ex-Soviet states.

Earlier, the Russian President claimed that ISIL fighters from Iraq and Syria might move to Afghanistan and destabilize the Middle Asia region. The members of the radical group will be able to move between countries disguised as refugees, the Russian Leader added.

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the Taliban is expected to contain ISIL and fight back with the militants. 

The situation in Afghanistan remains tense after the Taliban seized the country on August 15. Afghan sources have reported that the Imam Bargah mosque in Kandahar was attacked with a bomb on Friday afternoon. At least 32 people have been killed and 53 others injured, according to Afghan health officials.

The attack in the mosque came shortly after clashes between The National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRF) and the Taliban* force broke out in the northeast of the country.

*The Taliban ISIL, ISIL-Khorasan or ISIL-K are terror organizations banned in the US, Russia, and many other countries.