By RFE RL
(RFE/RL) — A high-ranking Taliban official has been killed in clashes with security forces in Jowzjan Province in Afghanistan’s north, a local official said.
Qari Nuriddin and his four bodyguards were killed in the district of Mengajik, where the militant group has a strong presence, provincial government spokesman Abdul Maaruf Azar said on November 30.
Four other militants were wounded in the clashes that erupted overnight, the spokesman told RFE/RL.
There was no immediate comment from the Taliban.
Azar also confirmed local reports that more than 25 members of the Taliban in Mengajik had recently cut ties with the militant group to return to civilian life.
Azar told RFE/RL that all of them were young men from the Mengajik district.
Most of them had left fror Iran and Turkey in search of work, Azar said. He didn’t provide further details.