Kabul- At least seven militants of Daesh terrorist group were killed in air strikes conducted by the Afghan air force in two eastern provinces, the Ministry of Defense said on Monday.

In a statement, it said the targeted militants were killed after Afghan Air Force planes hit two Daesh hideouts in the Pachir Wa Agam district of Nangarhar province and Dara-i-Pech of neighboring Kunar province on Sunday.

The air strikes claimed zero civilian casualties, the statement added.

As per directive of President Ghani, Afghan security forces, backed by the United States (US)-led NATO coalition troops, have increased ground and air offensives against militants in the past few months as the country is preparing for parliamentary elections scheduled to be held on Oct 20.

During the upcoming elections, more than 54,000 Afghan soldiers and police personnel would be deployed to provide security for 5,100 polling centers across the country.

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