IS activity in all provinces of Afghanistan: UN

The presence of Islamic State (IS) has increased in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan, according to the UN envoy to the country. Deborah Lion, the UN special envoy to Afghanistan, made the remarks on Wednesday based on observations of the situation in Afghanistan since the Taliban seized power in August. This was stated in a report by the news agency Reuters.

Deborah Lion, the UN special envoy to Afghanistan, told the Security Council that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was expanding its presence in Afghanistan. He says there has been an increase in extrajudicial arrests and killings of suspected IS fighters in the country. The issue demands further scrutiny by the international community.

The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a Shi’ite mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing at least one person and wounding six others. He added that the Taliban had failed to stop the rise of IS in the country.

Deborah Lion said that although the militant group’s activities were once limited to a few provinces, including the capital Kabul, it now appears that IS has emerged in almost all provinces. Although there were 60 attacks across Afghanistan in 2020, they have carried out 334 attacks this year.

The Taliban has formed a government in Afghanistan since the withdrawal of US-led foreign troops 20 years ago in August. They are running the government excluding the representatives of different sections of the society. The Taliban have also reduced the rights of women and girls.

Deborah Lion says the UN mission in Afghanistan is conducting regular house-to-house searches to find credible allegations of “extrajudicial killings” of former security personnel and officials. The UN special envoy warned that the country could face an economic crisis and drought in the winter.

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