Publish dateMonday 3 September 2018 - 17:00
Story Code : 169959
ISIS fighters in Afghanistan in touch with cells in Europe: UK
ISIS fighters in Afghanistan have links with cells in Europe, the defense minister of the Western country has warned.
AVA- Minister Gavin Williamson raised the concern while visiting Afghanistan last week.
“What we see is a real threat posed by these groups to the UK and we’ve got to be acting as we are to ensure that we do not see future Manchester-style attacks,” Williamson told UK-based news channel Sky News.
“We consistently see terrorist groups operating here in Afghanistan, (and) evidence of their links back not just to the United Kingdom but to the whole of continental Europe.”
The local affiliate of ISIS in Afghanistan has been active since 2015 and has claimed a number of high-profile attacks in capital Kabul and Nangarhar.
The U.S. military estimates there are about 2,000 ISIS fighters in Afghanistan.
Last week, a U.S. airstrike killed latest ISIS leader in Afghanistan Saad Orakzai in Nangarhar province. He was fourth ISIS leader to be killed in the country.
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