KABUL: The National Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency has detained Hayatullah alias Mansour, a commander of the terrorist group of Daesh, in eastern Nangarhar province.

A statement issued today by NDS states that the group was rounded up during a special operation from Torkham area of Nangarhar province. The two Pakistani nationals are identified as Yasir alias Sikandar and Bashir alias Abu Khalid Mohammadi who had crossed the border into Nangarhar province to participate in terrorist activities.

NDS press release adds that all of the three hostages have confessed of belonging to Daesh. Sharing a long border with Pakistan, Nangarhar has become a hot spot for Daesh as well as Taliban militants in the country’s east.

When Daesh newly emerged in the region several months before, they released a video purportedly showing a group of broke away commanders of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP); pledging allegiance to this group.

The group has since then started its recruitment and insurgency inside Afghanistan.