At least thirty six militants including foreign insurgents hailing from Uzbekistan were killed or wounded during a series of operations in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North said at least fifteen militants, including two Uzbekistanis were killed during the military operations supported by airstrikes in Shash Tapa area of Shergin Tagab district.

The statement further added that the airstrikes were carried out at around 6:00pm local time on Friday and as a result at least sixteen militants also sustained injuries.

The Afghan forces also discovered two improvised explosives during the operations in Tapa-e-Qeshlaq area of Khwaja Sabspoz district, the 209th Shaheen Corps said.

At least five militants including a key commander of Taliban identified as Mullah Mohibullah were killed in an airstrike conducted in Bashal Mast area of Qaisar district, the 209th Shaheen Corps said, adding that the operations (Esar 10) is still being conducted in this province to eliminate militants and clear the main highway in Faryab.