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ISIS claims capturing Bin Laden's hideout in Afghanistan

ANI  |  Kabul [Afghanistan 

The offshoot of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Afghanistan, ISIS Khurasan, has claimed that it has captured slain al-Qaeda founder Osama Bin Laden's hideout in the remote Tora Bora valley in eastern Nangarhar province.

The claim, however, has been rejected by the officials, reports the Khaama Press.

The group has reportedly informed regarding the capture of Tora Bora through its radio station, which was repeatedly targeted in and US forces' operations.

A local security official in Pacher Agam confirmed that the militants of the terror group have gotten closer to Tora and heavy clashes are underway between the terror group and militants close to the area.

The official rejected the claims by ISIS that the area has fallen to its fighters control.

The provincial governor's spokesman Ataullah Khogyani also confirmed that the ISIS fighters have managed to get close to Tora Bora area but he said the area has not been fully captured by ISIS fighter.

The growing influence of Islamic State in the country has been a cause of worry for officials for quite some time now amid an already deteriorating security situation and as the state is still fighting insurgency in some regions.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, June 16 2017. 14:13 IST
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