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Taliban commander killed in recent Helmand operation, Afghan intelligence

A Taliban commander was killed last week during an operation by Afghan forces in the southern province of Helmand, intelligence sources say.

Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency said in a statement on Sunday that Mullah Shah Wali, also known as Mullah Naser, was killed in an air raid.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) added that Wali was killed alongside a bomber and two other commanders.

Wali became the commander of the Taliban’s “Red Unit” as well as the deputy shadow governor of Helmand three years ago and was directly involved in the offensives of the militant group.

According to the Afghan military, the “Red Unit” is thought to be equipped with advanced weapons, including night vision scopes, 82mm rockets, heavy machine guns and US-made assault rifles.

Another commander was killed in an Afghan airstrike in the northeastern province of Kapisa on Friday. The strike in Nijrab district killed Dilawar Khan and five of his family members.

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