Nangarhar Police Chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi on Monday said that Pakistani and Iranian militants are fighting for Daesh against Afghan forces.
Rahimi said that in a recent operation by Afghan forces, a number of Pakistani and Iranian nationals fighting for Daesh were arrested in Nangarhar province.
“More investigations will determine (more details) later but those who were arrested are in front of your cameras and the nation can judge for themselves,” said Rahimi.
Rahimi said that the Pakistani and Iranian detainees confessed that Daesh militants are being funded by Iran and Pakistan.
Kamal, a 20-year-old from Iran, who was recently arrested by security forces in Nangarhar, said he joined Daesh in the province two weeks ago.
“Through a telegram I joined Daesh, first I went to Nimroz province and then I went to Kabul and I spent two nights in a hotel in Kabul and then from Kabul I went to Chaparhar district of Nangarhar province,” Kamal said.
Fakhruddin, a Pakistani, was also arrested by the Afghan forces in Nangarhar – but he said he regrets having joined Daesh.
“A man named Abdul Rahman sent me and now I regret what I have done,” said Fakhruddin.
Referring to the arrest of the Iranian national, the Iranian embassy in Kabul has said that they heard the about the arrest but are waiting for the Afghan government to wrap up its investigations regarding the issue - only then will they comment, they said.
The embassy also said that Iran was strongly opposed to extremism and terrorism in any form.