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ISIS In Afghanistan «Under Control» : Taliban

ISIS In Afghanistan 'Under Control': Taliban

ISIS-K openly targets the Shiite minority and in particular the Hazaras. (Representational)

Kabul:

Afghanistan's Taliban rulers said Wednesday that the threat posed by the ISIS group in the country was "more or less under control" despite recent bloody attacks that have killed dozens.

Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told a news conference that ISIS was "not a great threat", adding that around 600 members or sympathisers had been arrested since the Taliban seized control of the country in mid-August.

He said there were even a few women among those captured, who would be questioned by other women.

"They are not many in Afghanistan, because they do not have the support of the people," said Mujahid, adding that the Taliban were continuing operations against their Islamist foes.

A Sunni group like the Taliban, the ISIS group is more extreme and advocates a "global jihad" rather than a national struggle.

The group came to prominence when it proclaimed a caliphate in Syria in 2014, inspiring a number of offshoots elsewhere including "Khorasan", a historical region spanning parts of modern-day Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Turkmenistan.

Mujahid said that unlike its counterpart in the Middle East, ISIS-Khorasan was mostly made up of local fighters, and that its presence in Afghanistan was not a threat to other countries.

Still, the group has claimed responsibility for a series of bloody attacks since the Taliban's return to power.

One of the latest, in early November, saw ISIS fighters raid the Kabul National Military Hospital, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 50.

ISIS-K openly targets the Shiite minority -- who they consider heretical -- and in particular the Hazaras.

More than 120 people were killed in ISIS attacks earlier this year on two mosques popular with Hazaras.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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