The coalition forces have killed a prominent Taliban leader during an operation involving airstrike in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.

According to the informed military sources, a Taliban Improvised Explosive Device (IED) commander Mawlawi Madad was killed during a coalition forces air strike in Garm Ser district, Helmand province January 23.

The statement further added that Mawlawi Madad was the commander of IED operations in the Helmand region of which many of these roadside bombs killed innocent women and children.

“Taking militant fighters off the battlefield will weaken the morale and capabilities of militant groups and their leadership, and provide a safer, more secured environment for the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and its people,” the sources added.

Helmand is among the volatile provinces in South of Afghanistan. The Taliban militants are active in various districts of the province and often attempt to carry out attacks against the government and security institutions and forces.