The Afghan and coalition forces have intensified ground operations and airstrikes against Taliban militants in two districts of Faryab province, leaving dozens of militants dead.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North issued a statement saying the Afghan forces carried out operations against Taliban hideouts in Almar district with the support of coalition air power, leaving at least 14 militants dead and others wounded.

The statement further added that the operations were conducted at around 4:15pm local time on Sunday in Jilgeldi, Gholi, and Deewana Khana village.

TWo local commanders of the group identified as Syed Azizullah and Mullah Zainullah were among those killed and a hideout of militants was destroyed, the 209th Shaheen Corps added.

At least 14 militants were killed and 2 others were wounded in a separate airstrike conducted in Mirabad Village in Qarghan district of Faryab, the 209th Shaheen Corps said, addingg that a fighting position of the militants was destroyed in the same airstrike.