The security forces carried out airstrikes against Taliban militants in northern Balkh province killing or wounding 17 militants.

The 209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said the security forces conducted the airstrikes in Arzankar Village of Chahar Bolak adn Asiab Gorg Village of Chamtal district.

The statement further added that the airstrikes killed 9 Taliban militants including Qari Mehdi, one of the commanders of Taliban.

Furthermore, the 209th Shaheen Corps said the airstrikes also wounded 8 militants and destroyed an improvised explosive device.

The Taliban group has not commented regarding the airstrikes so far.

The security situation in Balkh province has deteriorated during the recent months.

Taliban militants are active in some districts of the province and often conduct terrorist related activities.

Meanwhile, the Afghan forces routinely conduct counter-terrorism operations against the anti-government armed groups in the two province.

The U.S. forces also conduct regular airstrikes in restive parts of the country to suppress Taliban and other anti-government militants.