The Taliban group has lost two more senior local leaders in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan after the killing of the commander of the Red Unit of the group.
The provincial government media office in Helmand in a statement said at least nine Taliban insurgents including two senior local leaders of the group were killed during the separate operations in Musa Qala and Greshk districts.
The statement further added that five Taliban insurgents including the shadow district governor of the group Daud Ulfat were killed in an airstrike on Greshk-Musa Qala highway.
The militants were targeted as they were travelling on the highway, the provincial government added.
According to the local officials, in a separate airstrike in Bidka area of Musala Qala, at least four Taliban insurgents including a senior leader of the group identified as Haqmal were killed.
The anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.
This comes as a senior group member of the Taliban group, commander of the Red Unit, was killed in an airstrike in this province, the local officials said Saturday.
The officials further added that the senior Taliban leader, identified as Mullah Nasir, was killed in Musa Qala district of the province.
The provincial government media office in a statement also confirmed the killing of Mullah Nasir and said he was appointed as the deputy shadow governor of the group for Helmand.
The statement further added that Mullah Nasir was also in charge of the military affairs of the group and was killed along with three others in the airstrike.
According to the provincial government, Mullah Nasir was also involved in planning and coordinating suicide attacks in Helmand and other parts of the country.