At least 13 militants were killed in an airstrike in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said.

According to a statement by MoD, the airstrike was carried out in Surkh Kotal area of Baghlan earlier this afternoon.

The statement further added that a Dshk heavy machine gun of the militants was also destroyed in the airstrike.

The anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as heavy clashes erupted among the Taliban militants and the Afghan security forces in the same area on Saturday night.

According to the local officials, at least 28 militants were killed or wounded during the gun battle which erupted following an attack by the miliants on security posts.

Baghlan is among the relatively volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militants are actively operating in a number of its districts and often carry out insurgency activities.

The security situation has been sharply deteriorating in parts of Baghlan province during the recent months as the Taliban militants are attempting to expand foothold in this province.

The Afghan security forces launched a major operation to clear the areas in Dand-e-Ghori and Dand-e-Shahabuddin earlier this year amid concerns that the group was preparing to turn the areas a launching pad for its insurency activities.

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