45 Taliban militants including group’s shadow governor for Baghlan were killed

Mullah Obaidullah, Taliban’s shadow governor of Baghlan province, was killed in an airstrike carried out by the Afghan security forces in Pul-e-Khumri, capital city of the province, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a statement. As many as 45 Taliban militants were killed in this operation, the statement read.   

According to the statement, the airstrikes were launched in late Wednesday evening in the suburbs of Pul-e-Khumri city.

Meanwhile, the Afghan Pamir 217 military corps said in a statement that Qari Abdul Rahim, a Taliban intelligence chief, Aziz Haqyar, the Taliban’s shadow district governor for Baghlan-e-Markazi district were also killed in the airstrikes.

The military corps added that 30 militants were wounded in the airstrikes, and announced that Pul-e-Khumri–Kunduz highway was now reopened for passengers and the area was cleared of Taliban presence.

The Taliban have rejected the death news of their shadow governor for Baghlan.

The Taliban launched an offensive from several directions on Pul-e-Khumri earlier on Sunday but the militants were pushed back by the Afghan security forces.

According to the Government Media and Information Center, 102 Taliban militants were killed, 57 were wounded, and 27 others arrested in the counter attack by the Afghan forces.