Taliban district chief 'killed in Afghanistan'

A Taliban shadow district chief has been killed in fighting with security forces in Afghanistan's eastern Wardak province, officials said.

Mullah Bashir, the Taliban-appointed governor of the Nirkh district, was killed and two militants were wounded late on Friday night, the interior ministry said.

In a separate statement, the ministry said at least 13 militants, including five Islamic State fighters, were killed after Afghan warplanes targeted their hideouts in the eastern Paktika, northern Sar-e Pul and Jawzjan provinces.

The attacks were carried out overnight, destroying some of the militants' weapons and vehicles.

The Taliban has not yet commented on the fighting.


More in this Section

UK surgeons hail ‘world first’ op to tackle leading cause of sight loss

Great white shark’s giant genome could help humans

Scientists explain why microwaved grapes explode

Gibraltar insists Spanish warship ‘incursion’ was challenge to sovereignty


Lifestyle

Want to have a whale of a time? IWDG bringing Iceland expedition stories to libraries

Mature students should start on grant applications

Rosamund Pike’s battle to portray war reporter Marie Colvin

Other side of Gaza: Irish film-makers highlight ordinary lives in the besieged territory

More From The Irish Examiner