drone crash in Kandahar provinceAt least nine Taliban militants were killed following a US drone strike in eastern Nuristan province of Afghanistan, local security officials said.

The officials further added that the drone targeted a gathering of the Taliban militants in Kamdish district.

Provincial security chief, Abdul Baqi Nuristani confirming the report, said the Taliban militants including Pakistani nationals were busy attending a meeting when they were targeted.

Mr. Nuristani further added that the Taliban militants who were killed in the airstrike belonged to Taliban militants group who were operating in Patigul area of Kamdish district.

He said at least five Pakistani nationals from Punjab province were also among those killed in the airstrike.

Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the report so far.

Nuristan is among the restive provinces in eastern Afghanistan which borders with the tribal regions of Pakistan. Taliban militants are operating in various district of Nuristan province and frequently carry out terrorist attacks.