Courtesy File Photo by Staff Sgt. Jordan Castelan U.S. Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs

At least 29 Taliban militants have been killed during the airstrike of the coalition forces in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan.

According to the military sources, the airstrikes were carried out earlier this week in Shahwali Kot district of the province.

The sources further added that a commander of Taliban was also among those killed.

In the meantime, a coalition strike destroyed 3,000kg of homemade explosives, suicide vests and IEDs in Khak-e-Safid district of Farah province.

Afghan forces also conducted a force protection patrol operation in Shahwali Kot district of Kandahar which resulted in the killing of 5 Taliban fighters killed, the sources said, adding that coalition forces conducted an airstrike killing 2 Taliban fighters and destroying one vehicle in Pashtun Kot district of Faryab.

The anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented regarding the recent operations and airstrikes so far.

This comes as the Afghan and coalition forces have stepped up ground operations and airstrikes in the restive parts of the country in a bid to suppress the anti-government armed elements and pave the way for a political settlement to end the ongoing violence.