The Afghan forces conducted preemptive airstrikes in northern Samangan province, inflicting heavy casualties on Taliban militants.

The 209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said the Taliban militants were looking to carry out attacks in Chahar Maghzak, Aai Bologh and Rum Villages of Dara-e Suf Bala district.

The statement further added that the Afghan Air Force conducted preemptive airstrikes to prevent the attack, killing at least 12 Taliban militants.

The airstrikes also wounded 6 Taliban militants, destroyed a mini-van, a car and 6 motorcycles, the 209th Shaheen Corps added.

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

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