Afghan security forces arrested eight members of a community group Islamic State as well as Haqqani militants responsible for bloody attacks in the capital such as on Sikh worshippers, the nation’s security bureau said on Wednesday.
The arrests were made as special forces carried out a raid on land in Kabul on Tuesday evening, seizing firearms and explosives and murdering five members of the joint system.
The team was in charge of shootings of worshippers in a Sikh complicated and a massive ceremony attended by several from the Hazara community, in addition to rocket attacks on President Ashraf Ghani’s swearing-in service and on Bagram airbase, the National Directorate of Security said in a statement.
Gunmen and suicide bombers spanned a Sikh spiritual complex in Kabul in March, killing 25 people. This was the next assault on a minority group maintained by Islamic State in a month after over 30 people were shot dead at a gathering attended by most members of their ethnic Hazara community indicating the anniversary of the passing of a Hazara leader.
Also in March, attackers fired rockets in Ghani’s inauguration ceremony and in April sent rockets in the Bagram airbase, although nobody had been murdered in the attack.
The Islamist group has since held off large-scale attacks on foreign forces or at important centers, though it’s continued assaulting Afghan security forces across the states.
Islamic State, which isn’t a party to the agreement, and it has fought the Taliban in the past, has a small presence in Afghanistan, mostly from the north, although it’s waged high profile strikes farther south from the capital.
The militant Haqqani system, based in the 1970s, is among the most effective and feared groups from the Afghan insurgency and has previously had connections to the Taliban.