The Khorasan wing of the terrorist organization ISIS-K tried to fire missiles on Uzbekistan, but the shells did not reach the Uzbek border, stated the deputy press secretary of the Taliban, Inamulla Samangani.
“The ISIS failed. Their location has been established. Two or three people were detained with several shells. Two or three shells did not reach the border of Uzbekistan, they fell on some ruins. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan will not allow anyone from our territory to threaten the security of neighboring countries,” Inamullah Samangani said in a video message posted on Twitter by Afghan media.
According to the deputy spokesman for the Taliban, this fact is currently being studied.
At the same time, on Tuesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the caretaker government of Afghanistan denied the information about rocket fired from Afghan territory at Termez.
“The situation along the Afghan-Uzbek border is normal, there is nothing to worry about. Reaffirming its promise, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as a responsible government, assures all neighboring countries that all our borders are controlled by border guard forces, not allowing anyone to violate security,” the statement says.
On Monday, the media resources of the ISIS, followed by other Internet channels, posted information about the shelling of military facilities of Uzbekistan in Termez. The messages were accompanied by a recording showing the launch of 10 missiles. The video does not allow to accurately identify either the position of the launcher or the direction of the shelling.
The Khorasan wing of the ISIS-K group claimed responsibility for the firings.
The media also featured the attacker posing in front of the organization's flag and 10 missiles.
The first reports of shelling of the military units of Uzbekistan in Termez surfaced on the night of April 19. The President's spokesman Sherzod Asadov denied this information. The same refutation was later given by the Ministry of Defense of Uzbekistan.
“According to the Ministry of Defense and the Border Troops of Uzbekistan, there is no military activity on the Uzbek-Afghan border, the situation is stable. We ask you not to give into to provocations, ”he said.
Some Afghan media outlets reported that rocket launch did take place. As one of the evidence, a video was cited, filmed in the Afghan city of Hairatan, located directly opposite Termez. It depicts a used rocket launcher. According to reports, Uzbek fighter jets allegedly entered Afghan airspace and patrolled Mazar-i-Sharif, the Kaldar region (in the northern province of Balkh) and the port of Hairatan.
On April 20, a video also surfaced showing Uzbek choppers flying over the Uzbek-Afghan border in Hairatan, allegedly after rocket attacks. The Afghan media received confirmation of this from a senior Afghan soldier.