MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Afghanistan, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- At least five militants were killed after the government forces' fighting planes struck Taliban hideouts in Chamtal district of the northern Balkh province on Tuesday, army spokesman in the northern region Mohammad Hanif Rezai said Wednesday.
Three more militants were injured in the sorties launched Tuesday evening, the official said.
No security personnel and civilians had been hurt in the raids, Rezai said.
Taliban militants who have intensified anti-government activities since mid April have not commented.
Balkh province with Mazar-e-Sharif as its capital 305 km north of Kabul has been the scene of increasing Taliban-led militancy over the past couple of years.