Thursday 27 July 2017

Taliban district chief 'killed in eastern Afghanistan'

Fighting has taken place between security forces and the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan (AP)
Fighting has taken place between security forces and the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan (AP)

A Taliban shadow district chief has been killed in fighting with security forces in Afghanistan's eastern Wardak province, officials said.

Mullah Bashir, the Taliban-appointed governor of the Nirkh district, was killed and two militants were wounded late on Friday night, the interior ministry said.

In a separate statement, the ministry said at least 13 militants, including five Islamic State fighters, were killed after Afghan warplanes targeted their hideouts in the eastern Paktika, northern Sar-e Pul and Jawzjan provinces.

The attacks were carried out overnight, destroying some of the militants' weapons and vehicles.

The Taliban has not yet commented on the fighting.

Press Association

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