Taliban leader, 7 others killed in northern Afghanistan

NATO says an airstrike and a raid by ground troops killed a Taliban leader and seven fighters in northern Afghanistan.

An alliance statement today  says Maulawi Jawadullah – accused of organising deadly ambushes, roadside bomb attacks, and abductions of Afghan security forces – was killed in the airstrike.

Seven other Taliban also died in the assault on Wednesday in Takhar province. Among them were three who were killed in a gunbattle after they opened fire from a forest after coalition forces moved in.

NATO says Jawadullah was linked to the recent deaths of 10 Afghan National Police officers during an attack on a police station in neighbouring Kunduz province.

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