Kabul: Fourteen Taliban militants were killed after the Afghan Air Force targeted a hideout of the terror group in Samangan province, the Defence Ministry announced on Tuesday.
The strike which occurred late monday night in Qushmal village of Firoz Nakhchir suburban district also destroyed five rocket-propelled grenade launchers, two heavy guns, and seven assault rifles, the Ministry said in a statement.
The latest offensive comes as Afghanistan is witnessing an increase in security incidents as the Taliban outfit has intensified their activities since the start of the US-led forces pull out on May 1.
The militant outfit has claimed capturing more than 40 districts over the past one month.
According to Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, five districts have been overrun by the militant group just over the past one week.
Security officials, without confirming the fall of districts, said "the government forces have made tactical retreat" and would soon launch counter-attacks to regain the districts.
Meanwhile, five civilians were killed and four others wounded as a roadside bomb struck a vehicle in Ahmad Abad district of Afghanistan's Paktia province, an official said blaming a Taliban militant group for the bombing.
"The deadly roadside bombing which targeted a civilian vehicle in Machalgo area of Ahmad Abad district on Monday afternoon claimed five lives comprising a woman, two children and two men and also injured four others. All the victims are civilians," provincial government spokesman Abdul Rahman Mangal told Xinhua news agency.
All the victims were members of the same family who were going to attend a funeral service at a neighbouring village, the official added.
The Taliban outfit, which is active in parts of Paktia province, is yet to make comment.