An airstrike targeted the shadow deputy defense minister of Taliban and several other senior leaders of the group in northern Sar-e Pul province.

The 209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said the security forces targeted a large gathering of Taliban leaders in Suzma Qala district.

The statement further added that the security forces conducted the airstrike in Kata Qala Village.

According to 209th Shaheen Corps, Mullah Muzamil, the shadow deputy defense of Taliban was also present when the gathering was targeted.

The Taliban group has not commented regarding the airstrike so far and it was not clear if Muzamil was killed in the airstrike or not.

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