Taliban shadow district chief among 9 killed in Afghanistan eastern region

A total of nine militants including a Taliban shadow district chief have been killed in the eastern region of the war-battered country over the past 24 hours, officials said Tuesday.

According to Abdul Sattar Mirzakalwal, the governor for eastern Kunar province, the security forces stormed a Taliban hideout in Dangam district on Monday evening killing five insurgents including the group’s shadow district chief for the relatively troubled district.

Similarly, the security forces have killed four Taliban fighters in Laghori area of Tanai district in the eastern Khost province, said a statement of National Directorate for Security or the country’s counter-intelligence agency.

Taliban militants who are active in parts of the eastern region and have intensified activities are yet to make comment.