The shadow governor of the Taliban group for Maidan Wardak province has been killed during the operations of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), the Afghan Military in the Southeast said.

According to a statement released by 203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan Military, the Taliban shadow governor for Maidan Wardak was killed with his three comrades in Chak district.

The statement further added that the Afghan forces conducted operations using artillery fire to target the hideouts of the Taliban in Baksari area of Chak district, leaving four Taliban militants dead, including the shadow governor of the group.

In the meantime, the 203rd Thunder Corps said at least 12 militants were killed and 14 others sustained injuries during the operations “Sultan” in Bakawal area located in the outskirts of the provincial capital of Ghazni city.

Another militant was killed during a separate clash in Hassan village of Warmam district in Paktika province, the 203rd Thunder Corps said, adding that an Ak-47 rifle and a motorcycle were also confiscated.

The Afghan forces also killed five militants during a separate clash in Khoshi district of Logar and Nadir Shah Kot district of Khost province, the 203rd Thunder Corps added.