A local Taliban commander and 50 fighters have been killed in overnight fighting in Sangin in Helmand province, news reports said. Afghan interior ministry said that its forces have been trying to recapture the area from the Taliban, who claim to control the district. The ministry named the dead commander as Mullah Nasir, a confidant of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour. Officials said that they retook key buildings in a counter-attack, while the US carried out air strikes. Strategically located, and a center for opium production, Sangin would be a significant gain for the Taliban. The Afghan army and police commandos launched an operation late on Wednesday, leading to the deaths of the Taliban commander and his fighters, the interior ministry said