Afghan officials say members of the Taliban militant group have assassinated the governor of a district in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Ghazni in an ambush attack.
A member of the Ghazni provincial council, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Taliban terrorists launched a surprise attack on Mohammad Daud, the district chief for Jaghatu, located 20 kilometers (12 miles) northwest of the provincial capital city of Ghazni, on Thursday morning.
The councilor added that the assailants later took away Daud’s dead body with them, noting that efforts are underway to retrieve the corpse.
Taliban shadow deputy governor for Faryab killed
Meanwhile, Afghan security forces have carried out a clean-up operation against Taliban extremists in the country’s northern province of Faryab, killing a high-ranking member of the militant network in the process.
Major Mohammad Reza Rezaee, the spokesman for the 209th Shaheen Military Corps, said on Thursday that Mullah Abdul Samad and his four comrades were killed in the Charshanbi locality of Qaisar District on Wednesday.
Samad was named Taliban’s shadow deputy governor for Faryab after his predecessor, Qari Salahuddin, was detained by Afghan security forces last month.
Afghan forces kill scores of Taliban militants
Afghan army troops backed by security forces have killed 80 Taliban militants and wounded nearly three dozen others in a series of mop-up operations across the strife-torn country over the past 24 hours.
The Afghan Defense Ministry said in a statement on Thursday that 80 militants, among them two commanders and 11 foreign nationals, were killed and 34 others injured in a series of operations carried out in the provinces of Ghazni, Helmand, Jowzjan, Kapisa, Logar and Urozgan.
The statement added that twelve Taliban members were also captured during the offensives, while eight Afghan soldiers lost their lives.
Afghan soldiers also confiscated seven vehicles, 40 motorcycles, light and heavy weaponry, and defused several rounds of improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
Afghanistan is gripped by insecurity 14 years after the United States and its allies attacked the country as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror.