At least eight Taliban militants were killed in an airstrike conducted by the Afghan Air Force in northern Balkh province.

A secuirty source said the airstrike was carried out earlier today in the vicinity of Koh-e-Alburz in Chemtal district, leaving eight militants dead.

The source further added that a key commander of the Taliban group was also among those killed.

The Afghan ground forces and local residents did not suffer casualties in the airstrike, the source added.

Balkh was among the relatively calm provinces in North of Afghanistan but the security situation of the province has deteriorated during the recent months.

Taliban militants have recently doubled efforts to expand their foothold in some remote districts of Balkh province.

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