NATO says a Taliban leader and seven of his associates were killed in an airstrike and a ground operation in northern Afghanistan.
The alliance said in a statement that Maulawi Jawadullah was killed in an airstrike in Takhar Province on October 6.
He was accused of involvement in the recent deaths of at least 10 Afghan police officers during an attack on a police station in neighboring Konduz Province.
Seven other militants also died in the assault, including three who opened fire on coalition forces when they moved in following the airstrike.
Separately, NATO announced that the Taliban "shadow governor" of northwestern Badghis province, Mullah Ismail, and a senior Taliban leader in the same province were killed during an operation on October 6.
compiled from agency reports