Security sources in Balkh reported that a Taliban leader and his bodyguard were killed in the province.
The 209th Shaheen Corps in a released statement on Wednesday said, that a key Taliban commander named “Khairullah” was killed at around 9:00 am in a skirmish between the Afghan national defense and security forces and Taliban fighters.
According to the statement the battle took place in the village of Sayak in the Koshenda district of Balkh province.
Khairullah’s brother was detained and his body was killed during ANDSF offensives and two other Taliban fighters were injured, the statement added.
This comes as explosions and targeted killings in the capital and other provinces have increased as efforts for peace continue.