Taliban leader Qari Ghafoor killed with his 14 fighters in Kunduz airstrike

Kabul June 27:A leader of the Taliban group identified as Qari Ghafar was killed in an airstrike in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the airstrike was carried out in the restive Chardara district.

According to a statement by MoD, at least 14 militants fighting for Qari Ghafoor were also killed and two others were critically wounded.

It is yet not clear if the airstrike was carried out by the Afghan forces or the US forces in Afghanistan.

The US forces have started targeting the Taliban militants and insurgents fighting for the other militant groups as President Obama approved a wider role for the US military in the country.

The new broader role was approved amid deteriorating security situation in the country with the rampant Taliban-insurgency which has entered to its 15th year.

Earlier, the US forces in Afghanistan was authorized to target the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in Afghanistan.

The strikes against the ISIS loyalists were intensified amid concerns that the terror group is attempting to expand foothold in the country, establish a regional operational base in Nangarahr and consolidate operations with the terror group in Syria and Iraq.

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