KABUL, Afghanistan (AA) – The Taliban “shadow governor” of northern Badakhshan province and 14 other gunmen have been killed in an Afghan security forces operation in Afghanistan’s northern Badakhshan province, officials said Tuesday.
“Qari Fakhruddin, the new shadow governor of Taliban, was killed by Afghan security forces,” a local government official from Badakhshan province told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity.
The Taliban reportedly have so-called shadow governors in every province of Afghanistan, as part of its parallel government structures across the country.
The official said that the Afghan security forces were conducting military operations in Jurm district of Badakhshan and were attacked by the Taliban.
During the clashes, one Tajik citizen and 13 Afghan Taliban militants were killed alongside Fakhruddin, he added.
The Taliban claimed that they had killed eight Afghan security forces during the clashes.
Four armored tanks of the government forces were destroyed, Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, said in a statement.
The Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 before being ousted by U.S.-led forces following the 9/11 attacks in the United States.
The foreign forces are scheduled to withdraw from the country by the end of 2014 but a proposed bilateral security agreement between the United States and Afghan government could lead to a force of around 10,000 U.S. and NATO troops remaining.
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