The Taliban militants have suffered heavy casualties in clashes with the Afghan armed forces in southern Zabul province, the Afghan military said earlier today.

The 205th Atal Corps in a statement said Afghan armed forces clashed with the Taliban militants in Shenkai, Arghandab, and Daichupan districts of Zabul province leaving at least 17 militants dead.

The statement further added at least 20 Taliban militants also sustained injuries during the same clashes.

The Afghan military has not disclosed further information regarding the possible casualies of the armed forces as a result of the clashes.

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

Zabul is among the relatively volatile provinces in South of Afghanistan. Taliban militants are active in some of the restive districts of the province where they attempt to carry out terrorist related activities against the government and security institutions.