Security forces have captured a senior commander of the hardline Islamic State (IS) group in Afghan western Ghor province, a local news agency Khaama press reported on Monday.
Identifying the arrested IS commander as Qari Rahmatulah, the report said that large number of arms and ammunition including five pieces of rocket propelled grenades and explosive materials were also discovered during the operation.
IS outfit which emerged in the eastern Nangarhar province in early 2015 and has been attempting to expand its influence in other parts of the war-battered country, has yet to make comment.
The Afghan Interior Ministry had on Sunday said that the government forces killed three militants and defused 16 anti-personnel and anti-vehicle mines in the southern Helmand and the eastern Zabul provinces within 24 hours.
The security forces, according to the statement, targeted a hideout of a Taliban branch in Gereshk district of southern Helmand province late Saturday, killing three insurgents on the spot and injuring two others.
The statement said that the security forces had in a crackdown against militants in Mohammad Agha district of eastern Logar province, found 16 anti-personnel and anti-vehicle mines and defused all the explosive devices on Saturday.