At least twenty militants belonging to Taliban and Al-Qaeda terrorist network were killed during the operations of the Afghan Intelligence or National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives and airstrikes in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The provincial government media office in a statement said the NDS Special Forces conducted an operation in Zawi area of Khogyani district on Monday night.

The statement further added that 18 Taliban insurgents including two commanders of the group were killed during the operation and three suspects were arrested.

According to the provincial government, at least two Al-Qaeda network militants were killed in the airstrikes conducted in Shirzad district.

In the meantime, the provincial government said several vehicles, explosives, ammunition, suicide bombing vests, and mortar rounds were confiscated from the Taliban compound in Khogyani district.

The airstrikes against the Al-Qaeda terrorist network were carried out in the vicinity fo Gadi Khel area of Shirzad, the provincial government added.

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