KABUL, July 26 (Xinhua) -- Nine Taliban militants were killed Wednesday when Afghan Special Operation Forces conducted an airstrike in the country's eastern province of Kunar, the military said.
"Nine key members of Taliban terrorist group were killed after Afghanistan Operational Coordination Group (AOCG) carried out an airstrike at around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday in Dara-e-Pech district, Kunar province," the AOCG said in a statement.
The statement noted that further details about the strike will be shared with the media later on the day.
Afghan security forces have beefed up security operations against militants recently as the war-weary Afghans have been witnessing a surge in attacks by Taliban fighters and Islamic State (IS) affiliates across the country.
The militants responded by armed attacks and bombings. On Monday, 24 persons were killed and 43 others wounded after a Taliban suicide car bombing hit a government employees' bus in Kabul.