The Afghan Army on Tuesday said that 143 insurgents, including nine commanders, have been killed and 17 others wounded during airstrikes in the northern Faryab province.
The security forces launched airstrikes on Taliban positions in Khairabad, Qudughak, Qarugh, lash, Chashma-e-Sangin areas of Kohistanat district, as well as in the neighboring Qaisar and Shirin Tagab districts Monday night.
The airstrikes killed about 143 insurgents and injuring 17 others, the statement said.
Kohistanat district was captured by Taliban militants on Sunday and since then the government forces have been fighting to regain control.
“Some of Taliban’s commanders, including Abdul Rahim, Yosuf, Zabehullah, Salam and Sayed Ismail, are among those killed in the air raids,’’ the army said without providing information on possible casualties of security forces.
Militants loyal to the Taliban outfit have not commented.
The Taliban militants have intensified activities since April and have captured at least three districts over the past week.