A series of airstrikes killed or wounded at least 39 Taliban militants in southern Uruzgan and Zabul provinces, the Afghan military said.

The 205th Atal Corps in a statement said the Afghan forces conducted an airstrike to defend against a Taliban attack in Tarinkot city of Uruzgan, killing 6 Taliban militants and wounding 2 others.

The statement further added that a similar airstrike killed 6 Taliban militants and wounded 4 others in Khas Uruzgan district of the province.

The security forces had earlier conducted airstrike in Arghandab district of Zabul province which killed 21 Taliban militants.

The 205th Atal Corps said all three airstrikes were carried out for defense purposes only as the militants were planning to launch attacks in the two provinces.

The Taliban group has not commented regarding the airstrikes so far.

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