Several senior Taliban leaders including the shadow deputy governor of the group for Nangarhar province were killed in U.S. airstrikes in Shirzad district of the province.

The provincial government media office in a statement said the airstrikes were carried out late on Friday night in Markikhel area of Shirzad district.

The statement further added that the deputy shadow governor of Taliban for Nangarhar Sheikh Zar Mohammad alias Rahmani was killed along with several other senior Taliban leaders in the airstrikes.

The other key Taliban leaders killed in the airstrikes have been identified as Noorullah, the deputy shadow district chief of Taliban for Shirzad district, Syeda Jan and Zabiullah.

The shadow judge of Taliban for Shirzad district Mawlavi Mohammad Alam, his brother, and 17 other militants were also killed in the airstrikes, the statement added.

The anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented regarding the airstrikes so far.