A bout of infighting amongst the Islamic State has led the terror group to behead 15 of its own fighters in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar.
The province is located on the porous border with Pakistan, it has lately become a stronghold for Islamic State, generally known as Daesh in Afghanistan and the killings occurred in the Surkh Ab bazaar of Achin district.
The terror group has rapidly grown to become one of the country's most dangerous militant groups since it appeared around the start of 2015.
Additional information is not yet available and the group is yet to issue confirmation about the incident. The Islamic State and the Taliban have frequently fought each other in Nangarhar and both have been targeted by sustained U.S. air strikes.
The complex relationship between the Taliban and the Islamic State remains a mystery as no one really understands it. However, there have been isolated incidents in Afghanistan in which the fighters of both appear to have worked in unison.
Documents from Afghan intelligence that emerged this year showed security officials believe Islamic State is present in nine provinces, from Nangarhar and Kunar in the east to Jawzjan, Faryab and Badakhshan in the north and Ghor in the central west.
In the meantime, in a separate suicide attack on Thursday, at least eight people were killed after the group tore into a crowd in the provincial capital, Jalalabad.
A meeting of supporters of a police commander who was sacked for illegal land grabbing took a different turn after a suicide bomber blew himself up. There’s no indication of who was the perpetrator of the attack on the crowd as no one has claimed responsibility. The crowd had gathered to demand the reinstatement of the commander, who survived the attack. The Jalalabad hospital spokesman confirmed that 15 people had been wounded while eight people had been killed.