Several Taliban militants including their high ranking leaders were killed during the operations of the Afghan armed forces in central Maidan Wardak province.

The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), in a statement said the intelligence opertives conducted a special operation in Syedabad district with the support of the air forces.

The statement further added that 21 militants including some high ranking leaders of the Taliban and Haqqani network were killed during the operations.

The key Taliban leaders killed during the operations include Taliban’s shadow intelligence chief Mawlavi Naqibullah also famous as Majid, Taliban leader in charge of looking after the disabled militants Mawlavi Abdul Rahman, Haqqani network leader Mawlavi Saif Ur Rehman, Mawlavi Samad, Taliban’s shadow district chief for Syedabad, Taliban’s commander for Tangi area of Syedabad Mawlavi Syedullah, and Taliban commander in charge of a group of 15 militants Mullah Naqi,b NDS said.

At least 15 other militants were also killed during the operations and 2 others sustained injuries, NDS added in its statement.

The statement also added that the operations were conducted while the militants were busy planning their future attacks.