senior Afghan Taliban leader killedA top Taliban group leader Qari Fida Mohammad was killed in an airstrike in the restive Marjah district of southern Helmand province.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Qari Fida was among three top Taliban leaders killed in the airstrike carried out by the Afghan Air Force.

A statement by MoD said Qari Fida was actively involved in planning and coordinating suicide attacks.

The statement further added that the two other top Taliban leaders have been identified as Mullah Muhajir and Mullah Nemtullah who were the recruitment and chief of operations of the group in Helmand.

MoD said at least 8 other militants were also killed during the airstrike but the Taliban group has not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as Taliban’s shadow judge for southern Helmand province was killed during an operation Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) led by 215th Maiwand Corps of the Afghan Army.

According to a statement by 215th Maiwand Corps, the operations were conducted in Marjah district where Taliban’s shadow judge Haji Rahmatulalh was killed along with a member of the military commission of the group.

Helmand is among the volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating and frequently carry out insurgency activities.