Off the air: Afghan forces destroy Daesh-run radio station in airstrike

Published February 2nd, 2016 - 06:52 GMT
Daesh-run Radio Caliphate has been broadcasting programs over last the three months. (Twitter)
Daesh-run Radio Caliphate has been broadcasting programs over last the three months. (Twitter)

Radio Caliphate, a mouthpiece of the Islamic State (Daesh), and a self-styled court of the group have been destroyed in an airstrike in eastern Nangarhar province, officials claimed on Tuesday.

At least 20 fighters were killed in the air attack that took place in Achin district Monday afternoon, the provincial police chief, Maj. Gen. Fazal Ahmad Sherzad, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Police spokesman Hazrat Husain Mashriqiwal confirmed the destruction of Radio Caliphate and Daesh’s court, as well as the killing of 20 militants, in the air raid in the Mamond area of the district.

Meanwhile, another security official also verified the elimination of the Islamic State radio station and court. He would not go into the details of the airstrike.

Radio Caliphate had been broadcasting programmes on FM 90.0 frequency over the past three months for two hours a day. Residents say they have not heard its broadcasts since last evening.

Last month, the Ministry of Defence claimed silencing the Islamic State radio, but after some time, it resumed broadcasts. In addition to Pashto broadcasts, the radio recently started airing programmes in Dari language.


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