Khair Mohammad Khairkhwah Andarabi, a senior commander of the National Resistance Front (NRF), was killed along with his nearly 20 comrades after a 30-hour fierce fighting against the Taliban in Andarab district of Baghlan province on Sunday night, December 25.
A source confirmed to Kabul Now that the Taliban also lost around 30 fighters in clashes that recently erupted in the Andarab district of the northern Baghlan province.
Sibghatullah Ahmadi, a spokesperson for the NRF, confirmed the death of Andarabi and another NRF commander named Ghazi Muradi during the battle on Monday.
He, however, did not say exactly how many fighters of the anti-Taliban militia were killed or wounded.
In a tweet thread posted on Monday, December 26, the NRF spokesperson vowed revenge and continuation of the armed “resistance” against the ruling Taliban.
Inamullah Samangani, Director of the Taliban’s Media and Information Center, confirmed the NRF commander’s death on Tuesday, December 27.
This comes as the Taliban killed one member of the NRF and detained 11 members of the militia, including three NRF commanders, in Banu district of the same province on December 12.
The NRF is a militia formed of former security forces under the leadership of Ahmad Masoud, son of the jihadi commander Ahmad Shah Masoud.
As yet, it has effectively expanded its areas of operations against the ruling Taliban from Panjshir and Baghlan to Takhar and Badakhshan provinces.