National Directorate Chief, Ahmad Zia Saraj said Afghan national defense and security forces killed Mawlawi Ahmad Kandahari in operation in Kandahar.

Saraj said, that Ahmad Kandahari was the second most prominent figure in the Taliban group following Mullah Akhtar Mansour, Kandahari was reportedly assigned as the group’s military chief in Kandahar.

Saraj said that the Taliban have provided a platform for other terrorist groups to operate in Afghanistan and that the Taliban uses them by any means to attack the Afghan forces.

 He also explained that 60 percent of Daesh affiliates in Afghanistan are Pakistanis.

The NDS chief stressed that 407 detained Daesh members belong to 14 different countries, most of them captured on the frontlines.

Daesh in Afghanistan travel to Iran and Pakistan through Turkey and then reaches the Afghan premises.

In regards to Daesh’s leader Aslam Farooqi, Saraj added “whenever Pakistan hands over Taliban prisoners to us, we will hand over Farooqi to Pakistan”.

Moreover, at least 186 insurgents, including a Taliban commander responsible for planning suicide attacks were killed and 31 others were wounded during the government offensives in Shah-Wali Kot, Maiwand, Panjwai, and Zherai districts of southern Kandahar province over the past week.

Bahir Ahmadi, spokesman for Kandahar governor told Khaama press that among the killed militants are the Taliban mastermind and key commander Mullah Mohammad Rahim known as Ahmad, and five other leaders like Sanullah, Qari Hussain, Matiullah, Tor Naqib, and Safiullah.

During the operations, ANDSF also discovered and defused 556 various types of IEDs, and Taliban threats near Delhi dam in Kandahar were also rebuffed.

This comes as an employee of a demining organization was targeted in an unidentified gunmen attack in Kandahar.

According to security officials, Safiullah known as Kochai, an employee of a private demining organization was murdered by the Taliban in the PD8 Panjwai district of Kandahar province.

Reports indicate the incident happened on Monday afternoon at around 3:00 pm local time.

Taliban have not commented on the incident.

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