U.S. Forces in Afghanistan confirmed killing of Qari Tayeb, once known as the Taliban shadow governor for Takhar province, in an air strike in Archi district of Kunduz province.
A statement released by the U.S. forces in Afghanistan on Saturday said that he was killed along with eight additional Taliban fighters on April 17.
“The strike was part of ongoing efforts to deny Taliban freedom-of-movement in the area,” the statement said,” the strike targeted a compound Tayib owned and used for insurgents in the area.”
According to the announcement, Tayeb was a target of interest since 2011 for the United States and was directly responsible for the deaths of U.S. service members in Afghanistan.
U.S. forces has taken every precaution to prevent civilian causalities; therefore, no other causalities or damage were associated with this strike, the statement concluded.
The Taliban group has not made a comment about the report so far.