The shadow district chief of Taliban for Zari district of nothern Balkh province has been killed along with his 11 fighters.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military said Sunday that the shadow district chief of Taliban Qari Qudratullah was killed in a coalition airstrike which was carried out at 4pm local time in Kandali Village on Saturday.

According to a statement released by 209th Shaheen Corps, a convoy of the militants was targeted in the airstrike as Qari Qudratullah was on his way from Sholgara district.

This comes as the security situation in certain remote districts of northern Balkh province has deteriorated during the recent months.

The Taliban militants are attempting to expand their foothold in this key northern province as part of their ongoing efforts to destabilize the northern provinces of Afghanistan.