At least 21 loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed in an airstrike in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.
According to a statement by the ministry, 13 more IS fighters were injured and several hideouts of the armed outfit destroyed during the operations in Achin district.
The IS group has yet to make comment.
Achin and the neighboring Kot district have been regarded as the hotbed of IS militants in the eastern part of Afghanistan.
Operations of the government forces against IS have been continuing over the past several months in the mountainous districts along the border with Pakistan’s tribal areas but the ultra-extremist militant group is still active in the area.
The operations were launched to prevent the loyalists the terror group to expand foothold and operations in the country.