HERAT: Afghan officials say Taliban shadow governor for Badghis province among 60 fighters were killed after airstrikes in the Ghormach district.
The Taliban seized the Ghormach district after government forces pulled out of the district following government’s announcement to give the district into the control of neighbouring Badghis province.
Meanwhile, Afghan Air Force bombarded Taliban positions in Ghormach, killing 60 Taliban fighters, Jamsheed Shahabi, spokesman of Badghis governor, told Afghan Islamic Press (AIP).
He said Taliban shadow governor for Badghis, Qari Muhammad Ayub a.k.a Haji Lala and several other commanders including shadow governor Aab Kumri district Mullah Ashmatullah and others were among the dead.
Badghis police, meanwhile, said a local police official of Qala-e-Naw, Khairullah, who defected to Taliban few days ago along with a vehicle and weapons was also killed in the airstrike targeting Taliban.
Taliban spokesman Qari Muhammad Yousaf Ahmad briefly told AIP that four Taliban among several civilians were killed and wounded in the airstrikes.
He said the civilians had fled their villages and entered the base when attacked by aircrafts.
Rejecting the government claim, he said the government claim of killing Taliban in a such a high number was exaggerated.