At least fifteen militants including Pakistani nationals were killed during the operation of the Special Forces of Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), in eastern Nangarhar province.

The provincial government media office in a statement said the militants were killed during the operation conducted in Hesarak district.

The statement further added that the operation was conducted late on Thursday night in the vicinity of Gulo Khel area of the district and as a result several weapons, munitions, and explosives were also destroyed.

According to the provincial government, at least six Pakistani nationals including a commander and IED expert of the group were among those killed.

The Pakistani senior Taliban commander killed during the operation has been identified as Muaviya Waziristani, the statement said, adding that the militants had gathered in a meeting to plan their future attacks on security posts and other government compounds in Hesarak district.

According to the provincial government, the local residents did not suffer any casualty during the operation.

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