The Afghan forces carried out operations against Haqqani Network militants in southeastern Paktika province leaving at least 13 dead, the Afghan Military said.

According to a statement releasedby 203rd Thunder Corps, the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces conducted airstrikes and ground operations against Haqqani Network militants in Okhi area of Nika district in Paktika.

The statement further added that 13 militants of the network were killed during the operations including one of their leaders who has been identified as Mullah Helmand.

The Afghan forces also confiscated two night vision goggles, four rocket launcher rockets, and eight Ak-47 rifles during the operation.

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

Paktika is among the relatively volatile provinces in Southeast of Afghanistan. Both Taliban and Haqqani network militants are active in some of its districts.