Local Taliban leader killed in US airstrike in southern Afghanistan
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Local Taliban leader killed in US airstrike in southern Afghanistan

Moscow, Dec 4 : The shadow governor of the Taliban movement for Ghor province was killed in a US-led coalition airstrike in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, local media reported Tuesday, citing a military source.

The local Taliban leader, Abdul Qayoum alias Rouhani, and five other militants were killed in a drone strike on Monday while trying to cross the Pakistani border, according to the Khaama Press news agency.

The militant group has not yet commented on the situation, according to the news agency.

Afghanistan has long been suffering from an unstable political, social and security situation due to the activity of various terrorist and radical groups. The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, supported by a US-led coalition, are conducting joint offensive operations to combat terrorism across the country.

The Taliban movement is a major force fighting Kabul for control over the country. The group managed to seize power in the middle of the 1990s before being overthrown in 2001. (UNI-SPUTNIK)