A deadly airstrike killed at least 53 Taliban militants in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan, the military officials said.
The officials further added that the security forces conducted the airstrike late on Saturday night.
Meanwhile, the 209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said a large group of Taliban militants launched coordinated attacks on security posts in Khwaja Namosi area of Pashtun Kot district at 8:30 pm local time.
The statement further added that the security forces responded to the attack sparking heavy clashes which continued for several hours.
The security forces conducted an airstrike in support of the ground forces which killed at least 53 Taliban militants while forcing the others to retreat, the statement added.
The 209th Shaheen Corps also added that some key commanders of the group including Qari Alauddin, Sufi Hamidullah and Qari Mohammad Din also lost their lives during the clash.