A senior group member of the Taliban group has been killed in an airstrike conducted amid ongoing operations in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, the local officials said Saturday.
The officials further added that the senior Taliban leader, identified as Mullah Nasir, was killed in Musa Qala district of the province.
The provincial government media office in a statement also confirmed the killing of Mullah Nasir and said he was appointed as the deputy shadow governor of the group for Helmand.
The statement further added that Mullah Nasir was also in charge of the military affairs of the group and was killed along with three others in the airstrike.
According to the provincial government, Mullah Nasir was also involved in planning and coordinating suicide attacks in Helmand and other parts of the country. ‘
The Helmand government also accused Mullah Nasir of forced grabbing of land in this province.
The anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.
This comes as heavy airstrikes are underway in different parts of Helmand province with main focus being the destruction of the Taliban drug labs.
The commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission and the US forces in Afghanistan Gen. John Nicholson said last week that the attacks on Taliban financial engine will continue as heavy losses have been inflicted on the group and its associated in recent raids.
“In just over three days’ worth of operations, the Afghan 215th Corps, their special forces commandos, their air force, in close cooperation with U.S. forces, removed between $7 million and $10 million of revenue from the Taliban’s pocketbook,” Gen. Nicholson said.