At least four senior local leaders of the Taliban group were killed during an operation of the Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), operatives in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The provincial government media office in a statement said the militants were killed during an operation in Bati Kot district and as a result five militants were also arrested.

The statement further added that the NDS operatives conducted a Special Operation in Chahar Dehi area of the district, leaving four dead and three others wounded.

According to the governor’s office, the local Taliban leaders killed in the operation have been identified as Tur Dil alias Mullah Tur, Pacha, Mohammad Shafiq alias Sanga, and Muskin.

Another local Taliban leader was also arrested along with three militants during the operation, the statement added.

The militants arrested by the NDS operatives have been identified as Shakirullah alis Qari Shakir, Sangar Kochi, Rahmanullah, Ewaz Khan and Bilal.

According to the provincial government, at least two other suspects were also arrested during another operation in connection to having links with the militants in the same area.

The anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.