“They’ve met their tasks, according to some information, there are approximately 3,500 militants currently in the ranks of the Islamic State in Afghanistan,” Lyakin-Frolov told RIA Novosti in an interview.
He said that the Islamic State has already settled in 25 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces.
Afghanistan continues to be in a state of political and social turmoil as several militant groups take advantage of instability in the country, which has persisted since the 2001 US-led invasion.
Since the US withdrawal of forces in December 2014, Afghanistan has seen a revived militant insurgency.
In addition to ISIL, other radical organizations such as al-Qaeda and the Taliban are also operating in Afghanistan.