GHAZNI, Afghanistan, June 18 (Xinhua) -- About five Taliban militants, including a Taliban shadow governor, were killed following an airstrike in eastern Afghan Ghazni province overnight, deputy provincial police chief said Saturday.
"Based on a confirmed tip-off, the coalition forces carried out a drone strike in Payinda Khil village, Aab Band district last night. As a result Mullah Qasim, Taliban so-called governor for Ghazni, along with four of his men, were killed," Assadullah Shoujahi told Xinhua.
Two other armed Taliban were wounded and a Taliban hideout, several motorbikes and some amount of ammunition were also destroyed by the strike, according to Shoujahi.
The targeted group was involved in several terrorist and destructive activities in the district and other areas of Ghazni province, he noted.
The Afghan security forces have beefed up security operations against militants recently as spring and summer time known as fighting season is drawing near in the country.
Taliban have yet to make comments.