Key Taliban commander Qari Sayed Yasin alias Zulfiqar was among 13 militants killed in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz on Monday, Army spokesman Abdul Khalil said.

“In the latest crackdown against militants in Eisa Khil area of Chardara district which began early today morning, notorious Taliban commander Qari Sayed Yasin alias Zulfiqar along with 12 of his armed fighters have been killed,” Khalil told Xinhua news agency.

The physical elimination of Zulfiqar, according to the official, could prove a major setback to the Taliban insurgents in Kunduz and the neighbouring Takhar and Baghlan provinces.

Taliban militants who are in control of parts of the restive Chardara district and the neighbouring Dasht-e-Archi and Qala-e-Zal districts have not commented on the crackdown.