At least nine Taliban fighters were killed during the operations of the Afghan National Army forces in southern Zabul and southeastern Paktiya provinces, informed military sources said Friday.

“The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces in Shinkai district district of Zabul province, conducted a strike killing 3 Taliban fighters,” the sources said.

The sources further added that the ANA 203rd Corps conducted a strike of near Shabaz Village in Gardez district of Paktiay province leaving 6 Taliban fighters dead.

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

Both Zabul and Paktiya provinces are among the relatively volatile provinces in southern and southeastern parts of Afghanistan.

Taliban militants and insurgents belonging to other groups including the notorious Haqqani network are active in some of the districts of Paktiya and Zabul provinces.

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