A total of 46 militants were killed and a radio station belonging to the so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) takfiri group was destroyed after US-led coalition forces carried out airstrikes in Afghanistan’s Paktika and Nangarhar eastern provinces overnight, government officials said Wednesday, two months after the group took to the airwaves in a sign of their growing reach.
The Pashto-language “Voice of the Caliphate” beamed ISIL propaganda in irregular nightly broadcasts from an undisclosed location in Nangarhar province bordering Pakistan.
The Afghan defense ministry said the program was broadcast from a moving vehicle and air strikes on Monday destroyed the transmission equipment hidden in the basement of a house in volatile Achin district.
“The radio program has not been heard since Tuesday,” Achin district governor Haji Ghalib told AFP.
President Ashraf Ghani recently vowed to “bury” the ISIL’s affiliate in Afghanistan, while voicing alarm over their growing reach.