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Taliban district chief 'killed in eastern Afghanistan'

A Taliban shadow district chief has been killed in fighting with security forces in Afghanistan's eastern Wardak province, officials said.

Mullah Bashir, the Taliban-appointed governor of the Nirkh district, was killed and two militants were wounded late on Friday night, the interior ministry said.

In a separate statement, the ministry said at least 13 militants, including five Islamic State fighters, were killed after Afghan warplanes targeted their hideouts in the eastern Paktika, northern Sar-e Pul and Jawzjan provinces.

The attacks were carried out overnight, destroying some of the militants' weapons and vehicles.

The Taliban has not yet commented on the fighting.

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