Officials said on Friday that a total of 1,301 fighters and families of the Islamic State (IS) outfit laid down arms and surrendered to security authorities in eastern Afghan province.
Nangarhar’s Governor, Shah Mahmoud Miakhil contended that a total of 1,301 IS elements including 413 armed men, some of them foreigners and 888 women and children have surrendered to security authorities, mostly in Achin district.
Miakhil said, mounting military pressures have forced the militants to surrender, adding that the military crackdown would continue until peace and security return to the area.
Meanwhile, a statement of Nangarhar provincial government stated that the government wants all anti-state elements to follow the suit and give up fighting.
Backing the ongoing military pressure, a tribal elder Malik Usman Shinwari said at the press briefing that exerting pressure on the insurgent groups should continue.
Nangarhar police chief Aimal Niazi, according to the statement of the provincial administration, has vowed to spare no efforts in stabilizing peace and security in the troubled province.
The hardliner IS outfit which emerged in parts of Nangarhar in early 2015 has yet to make comment on the situation.
Edited & Vetted By: Hadiza Mohammed/Emmanuel Yashim
Lebanese military arrests members of terrorist cell who planned attacks in country
The Lebanese military intelligence detained members of a terrorist cell, which is linked to the Islamic State terrorist group (IS, banned in Russia) and planned attacks in the country, the press office of Lebanon’s armed forces said on Saturday.
Arrests were made in northern parts of the country and in the Beqaa valley in eastern Lebanon.
The military also seized weapons and ammunition.
“The intelligence unit of the armed forces detained members of a terrorist cell linked to the IS group, which was preparing acts of sabotage on Lebanon’s territory,” the press office said in a statement, obtained by Sputnik.
According to the military, the cell is operated under the leadership of Khaled at-Talawi, a terrorist, who is still at large.
Al-Talawi’s car was used during an attack on Kaftourn, a Christian village in northern Lebanon, in late August, which killed a son of the head of the local municipality.
Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)https://nnn.ng/lebanese-military-arrests-members-of-terrorist-cell-who-planned-attacks-in-country/
Trump rows back on comments suggesting voters cast ballots twice
United States President Donald Trump said on Thursday that people voting by mail should go to the polls to ensure their ballots were counted
Trump was speaking toa day after controversial remarks in which he suggested voting twice.
“On Election Day, or Early Voting, go to your Polling Place to see whether or not your Mail In Vote has been Tabulated (Counted).
““If it has, you will not be able to Vote & the Mail In System worked properly. If it has not been Counted, VOTE (which is a citizen’s right to do).”
During a visit to North Carolina on Wednesday, the president suggested voters cast ballots twice.
“”Let them send it in and let them go vote and if their system’s as good as they say it is they say it is, then obviously they won’t be able to vote,” he told local television channel WCET.
Under United States law, someone voting more than once could be fined 10,000 dollars or be imprisoned for up to five years.
Such an action would also be a felony in North Carolina and other states.
Trump has argued repeatedly that mail-in ballots are vulnerable to voter fraud, though there is no clear evidence to support the idea.
Many United States voters are expected to cast their ballots by mail instead of going to a polling station in the November presidential election due to concerns about coronavirus contagion.
Edited By: Fatima Sule/Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)https://nnn.ng/trump-rows-back-on-comments-suggesting-voters-cast-ballots-twice/
Russia busts group of IS supporters
Russian law enforcers have “suppressed the activities” of a group of supporters of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said Wednesday.
The group, from a Central Asian country, planned to murder Russian servicemen and law enforcement officials and then travel to the Middle East to join the IS, the FSB said in a statement.
Operating in Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg, the perpetrators were raising funds for the IS, the service said, adding that law enforcers are investigating if the group promulgated terrorism and recruited Russian citizens.
Means of communication and bank cards used in criminal activities were seized at the perpetrators’ residence, it added.
Turkish police detain 11 IS suspects in Istanbul
Turkish police on Wednesday detained 11 people, including nine foreign nationals, in Istanbul over their suspected links to the Islamic State (IS), local media reported.
Police launched operations simultaneously in 14 locations across the city to capture the suspects, who were allegedly helping the members of the extremist group in Syria, the private Demiroren news agency said.
One of the suspects is also accused of praising suicide bomber attacks on social media, the agency noted.
The IS was blamed for a spate of deadly attacks over the years in Turkey, in which more than 300 people were killed.