Taliban commander among 8 militants killed in W. Afghanistan
Eight militants including a key Taliban commander Mullah Khaksar have been confirmed dead as a clash erupted in Shahrak district of western Afghanistan’s Ghor province on Sunday, said an army statement released here.
The clash, according to the statement, flared up after a group of Taliban insurgents under Mullah Khaksar stormed security checkpoints in Kharistan area of the troubled Shahrak district in the wee hours of Sunday and troops returned fire killing eight insurgents including Khaksar, forcing them to flee.
Describing Khaksar as a “notorious commander”, the statement said the physical elimination of commander Khaksar could prove a major blow to the Taliban in Ghor province.
The Taliban outfit has yet to make comment. Gor province, with Firoz Koah as its capital, has been the scene of Taliban-led militancy over the past couple of years.