The Interior Affairs Ministry says the death of Mulla Abdul Manan who was the Taliban’s shadow governor for southern Helmand province and a key member of the armed group will have a direct impact on the security of many provinces.
Mulla Rahim was also known as Mulla Manan was killed on Saturday night in a U.S. airstrike in Nawzad district of Helmand province. The Taliban confirmed the death of Manan – who had also been the militant group’s military in-charge – and termed it as a great loss.
Manan was leading the war for the Taliban in Helmand, Kandahar, Uruzgan and Zabul provinces.
“The death of Manan will have a direct impact on the security of these provinces,” the Interior Ministry Spokesman Najib Danish said. “We are hoping to strike more targets with such kind of plans and operations.”
A magnitude 4.9 earthquake hit Baghlan province in the north of Afghanistan on Wednesday night, injuring nine people and damaging 60 residential houses.
Mohammad Naseer Kohzad, Natural Disaster Management Director in Baghlan province, told Ariana News that the epicenter of the jolt was Hindu Kush mountains range, 14 kilometers far away from Pul-e-Khumri, the capital of Baghlan province.
He added that most of the affected houses are located in the vicinity of Pul-e-Khumri city.
According to the official, relevant governmental and non-governmental organizations have launched efforts to survey the affected areas in order to provide aid for the victims of the quake.
At least 25 passengers have been kidnapped by a Taliban commander in Balkhab district of Sar-e Pul province, officials said on Tuesday.
Assadullah Khurram, a Provincial Council Member in Sar-e Pul said the passengers were kidnapped by a Taliban commander, identified as Mahdi Mujahid, while they were traveling from Balkh province to Balkhab district in Sar-e- Pul.
According to Khurram, Taliban militants have taken these passengers into custody in Kandalik area of Sancharak district.