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US drone strike kills 5 militants in E. Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD, April 19 (KUNA) -- At least five militants of the so-called Islamic State (IS) have been killed in a US-led drone strike in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province, said officials on Tuesday.
Nangarhar Governor's spoeksman Attaullah Khogyani in a statement said that the drone struck a house in the Shadal locality of Achin district in Nangarhar, where the fighters were hiding.
He confirmed that five militants belonging to so-called Islamic State were killed in the drone strike. Moreover, Afghan security forces launched a clearing operation in the Ghanikhel district of the province against the militants. Around 13 villages had been cleared of insurgents as a result of the operation, Khogyani added.
The drone strike came at a time when Afghan forces are struggling to control the overall security situation of the country after NATO/ISAF forces left the country in December 2013. (end) sbk.mt