At least 20 militants were killed in a series of air and artillery strikes pounding Taliban positions along Ghazni-Paktia highway.

The provincial government media office in a statement said Wednesday at least four airstrikes and one artillery strike were carried out along the highway as part of Khalid-3 operations.

The statement further added that the Taliban positions were targeted in Arzoo and Shaliz areas located in the outskirts of Ghazni city.

The Khalid-3 operations are being conducted to clear which connects Ghazni with the south-eastern Paktika province, the statement said, adding that three motorcycles, a 82mm artillery, and Dshk machine gun were also destroyed during the operation.

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