Kabul, July 24: An Afghan official said 12 insurgents, including a Taliban shadow governor and district chief, have been killed in a military operation by Afghan commando units in northeastern Kapisa province. In all, 24 people, including two security forces personnel, lost their lives in the clash.

Sharin Aqa Faqiri, the spokesman for the army in northeastern Afghanistan, says Tuesday that Mullah Nasim Mushfaq, Taliban shadow governor for Kapisa, and Qari Esanullah, the shadow district chief for Tagab, were among those killed in the operation late Sunday night. Faqiri said the senior Taliban leaders were in a meeting when they came under attack by ground forces supported by aircraft Tagab district.

“The clash erupted in Jaghatu and Gelan districts late on Monday in which Taliban divisional commanders Mubaraz Kochi and Khalid were killed,” police officer Farid Ahmad Mashal told Xinhua news agency.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed the attack in a statement, saying a number of Taliban, including the shadow governor and shadow district chief, were killed in the attack.

The Taliban-led insurgency has been on a rampage since the beginning of 2015 when the Afghan security forces took over full responsibilities of security from the US and NATO troops. (Agencies)