Taliban leader killed in Afghanistan
A Taliban leader has been killed during a security operation in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Xinhua reported Sunday.
A statement issued by NATO-led coalition forces said: "An Afghan and coalition security force killed Taliban direct- action cell leader Zafran during a security operation in Helmand province Saturday."
It is believed he was responsible for conducting improvised explosive device (IED) and ambush-style attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.
"Prior to his death he was preparing future IED attacks on combined forces," the statement added.