A top Taliban leader has been killed during an airstrike in northern Afghanistan, the terrorist group said on Monday.

This is while Mullah Abdul Salam Akhund had previously been reported dead a number of times by Afghan officials.

Akhund, who oversaw a Taliban offensive that briefly seized Kunduz city in 2015, was among three militants killed during an airstrike by a drone in the Kunduz province, Reuters quoted a top Taliban official in the province.

“He was on a journey a few days ago and stopped at a house at Dashte Archi town [in Kunduz] when the drone fired missiles,” the official said.

Sher Aziz Kamawal, a senior police commander in northern Afghanistan, said that during the airstrike Akhund and eight other Taliban members were killed.

The terrorist group’s spokesman also confirm Akhund’s death in a statement.

Taliban has gained ground in the Helmand and Uruzgan regions, where the group also threatens provincial capitals. The gains have further stressed Taliban’s growing strength and exposed the Afghanistan government’s weakness.

In December, Taliban militants hanged an engineering student in public near Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. The student was accused of having a role in the death of a senior Taliban official.