PESHAWAR – The Afghan Taliban said Saturday that a senior official was killed during a clash with Islamic State militants in Peshawar.
Reuters reported quoting Afghan Taliban sources that Maulvi Daud was killed on the outskirts of Peshawar with two other men on Thursday.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed Daud’s death. The Islamic State on Friday claimed responsibility for “assassination of a Taliban leader” a day earlier, without naming him, through the group’s affiliated news agency AMAQ.
The Islamic State, which at one point controlled huge chunks of territory across Syria and Iraq, has made some inroads into Afghanistan but the group has met tough resistance from the Taliban as well as US and Afghan special forces, reported Tribune.
Islamic State does not control any territory inside Pakistan but the group has claimed responsibility for several large-scale bomb attacks.
Pakistani officials say the Islamic State does not have a presence inside the country.