The Afghan Air Force conducted airstrikes on the hideouts of the anti-government armed militant groups in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan leaving at least 12 militants dead.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North said the airstrikes were conducted in Ferozi and CharShangho villages in Dawlatabad districts.

The source further added that the airstrikes were carried out as part of the newly-launched Esar-5 operations which kicked off recently in northern parts of the country.

In the meantime, the Shaheen Corps said at least 2 Taliban insurgents were killed and 2 others were wounded during a clash with the security forces in northern Sar-e-Pul province.

The anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.

The Esar-5 operations are being launched amid growing efforts by the Afghan national defense and security forces to suppress the anti-government armed militants who are attempting to expand their insurgency and terrorist activities as part of their spring offensive.

Similar operations are underway in several other provinces of the country in the East, South , and Western parts of the country.