HELMAND -- Afghan forces in Helmand Province have killed nine Taliban militants, including two senior commanders, Khaama Press reported Tuesday (December 5), citing local officials.
A shadow district governor of the Taliban, identified as Daud Ulfat, was killed in an air strike alongside four insurgents while traveling on the Gereshk-Musa Qala highway, the provincial government media office said in a statement.
A separate air strike in Musa Qala District killed at least four Taliban insurgents, including a senior leader identified as Haqmal, said local officials.
This news comes after an air strike by Afghan forces killed the commander of the Taliban's special forces, the "Red Group", in Musa Qala District earlier this week.
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