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Kabul: Afghanistan is now caught up in yet another conflict as the Taliban and ISIS fight each other. Taliban fighters stormed an Islamic State (ISIS) hideout north of the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Friday, killing several militants.
At least two ISIS militants have been arrested in the Taliban operation. Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan in mid-August, ISIS militants have carried out several attacks targeting Taliban members.
The Taliban and ISIS are arch enemies of each other. Recent attacks have raised fears of widespread conflict amid the long-running rivalry. In late August, an ISIS suicide bomber targeted US evacuation efforts outside Kabul's international airport. The deadly attack killed 169 Afghan and 13 US Marine commandos.
Taliban spokesman Bilal Karimi said Friday's raid took place in the town of Charikar in Parwan province. The spokesman did not elaborate. His statement could not be independently confirmed. Karimi said that after the raid, the Taliban arrested two members of the ISIS, who were involved in roadside bombings.
A Taliban vehicle was targeted in the incident in which four militants were injured. He said the two were questioned and the information they provided helped the Taliban identify their whereabouts.
ISIS has a large presence in eastern Nangarhar province. But since the Taliban took over, the group has stepped up attacks across Afghanistan. Several Taliban fighters have been killed in ISIS attacks in the provincial capital Jalalabad.
In response, the Taliban has taken action in Nangarhar. The Taliban-led Afghan government has implemented a new security plan for the country's eastern Nangarhar province to ensure security in and around the provincial capital city of Jalalabad.