The Taliban militants group in Afghanistan has called the death of Mullah Abdul Manan, the group’s shadow governor for Helmand, a major loss.

The group in a statement said the death of Mullah Abdul Manan Akhunda is a major loss for ‘Islamic Emirate and the Muslim nation’ emphasizing that ‘martyrdom’ is the desire of all leaders of the group that leaders’ deaths will not have an impact on their ranks to wage ‘a holy war’.

This comes as the Helmadn provincial government media office in a statement said the shadow governor of the group Mullah Abdul Manan was killed in Nawzad district on Saturday night.

The statement further added “The shadow governor of Taliban for Helmand Mullah Abdulu Rahim alias Mullah Abdul Manan was killed with his four comrades, including two spokespersons identified as Hafiz Rashid and Mullah Javied, and two of his security guards.”

According to the provincial government media office, Mullah Abdul Manan was killed in an airstrike late on Saturday night in Nawzad district.