At least 12 Taliban fighters were killed and 18 others were wounded in an airstrike conducted by the Afghan Air Force in Badghis province, local officials said.
The airstrike was part of an operation by ANA helicopters to target Taliban hideouts in Jawand district in the province.
The operation, that targeted Di Garm village, was planned by Afghan National Army forces in Qala-e-Naw City at the request of local leaders, officials said.
“I visited Jawand district. The people of this district fully cooperated with government forces. I saw good coordination in the district. Badghis residents are cooperating well with security forces,” said Ahmad Fahim Qayem, the police chief of Badghis.
The provincial council of Badghis and residents meanwhile called for an increase of military operations in the province.
“Jawand residents are cooperating with government forces. The routes to the center of Jawand have been closed for the past 10 years and there is a limited number of government forces in the district,” said Abdullah Afzali, deputy head of Badghis provincial council.
The operation comes after the fall of Di Garm village in Jawand about a week ago. The village is located 13 kilometers to the east of Jawand’s center. The village was secure in previous years.