Afghan air strike hits top Taliban leaders in Kunduz

Salaam Times

KUNDUZ -- The Afghan air force Monday (April 2) targeted an alleged Taliban training centre in Kunduz Province, according to officials.

The air strike hit a madrassa in Dasht-i-Archi District hosting top Taliban leaders at the time, a security source told AFP, adding that an unknown number of civilians were among the casualties.

"Twenty Taliban, including the commander of their Red Unit in the district, and also a key member of the Quetta Shura were killed," Defence Ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmanesh told AFP, adding that the same number were wounded.

He denied civilians were among the casualties.

The Red Unit is the insurgent group's elite unit, and the Quetta Shura is the group's leadership council.

Mullah Beryani, a high-ranking Taliban official from the Quetta Shura, was in the area at the time of the air strike, Inamuddin Rahmani, a provincial police spokesman, told TOLOnews.

The Taliban did not immediately comment.

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