The shadow district chief of Taliban has been killed in an airstrike conducted in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan, the military sources said Saturday.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North, said Mullah Hayatullah, the shadow district chief of Taliban for Pashtunkot district was killed in an airstrike which was conducted on Saturday afternoon.

According to a statement released by 209th Shaheen Corps, the airstrike was carried out at around 3:30pm local time in Pashtun Kot district, targeting two motorcycles of the militants.

Another companion of Mullah Hayatullah who was believed to be his security guard was killed in the airstrike, the statement by 209th Shaheen Corps added.

The anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban have not commented regarding the killing of Mullah Hayatullah so far.

This comes as the security situation in northern Faryab province has deteriorated during the recent months.

The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces often carry out ground operations and airstrikes to suppress the militants who are attempting to expand their foothold in Faryab and other key northern provinces.


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