Taliban shadow governor killed in N. Afghanistan: police

2014-12-17 06:07:28 GMT2014-12-17 14:07:28(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

FAIZABAD, Afghanistan, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- A Taliban shadow governor was killed along with seven militants during a military operation in northern Afghanistan's province of Badakhshan overnight, said a police source on Wednesday morning.

"On a confirmed tip-off, troops waged an offensive in Katiba village, Jurm District overnight, leaving eight Taliban militants killed and several others injured," deputy provincial police chief General Abdul Qadir Sayyad told Xinhua.

A Taliban shadow governor for Badakhshan, named Mawlawi Amanuddin and two insurgents' local leaders, namely Mohammad Harif and Sultan, were among the killed, the police official said.

The operation will continue until the village is cleared of the militants in the province, 315 km northeast of Afghan capital of Kabul, according to Sayyad.

Taliban insurgent group has yet to make comments.

The Taliban-led violence continues in Afghanistan. Afghan security forces have pressed on to clear the militants in restive provinces as the NATO and U.S. forces are withdrawing from the country.

The U.S. and NATO-led troops will switch from combat to support role -- NATO-led Resolute Support mission, which will focus on training, advising and assisting Afghan forces by the end of this month, and nearly 13,000 foreign forces will be involved in the mission, according to NATO officials.

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