KABUL, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- In the latest airstrikes more than 80 insurgents have been killed in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province, local media reported Friday.
Citing military officials, the leading television channel Tolo reported that 88 Taliban fighters have been killed and 78 others injured during the ongoing operations backed by air forces over the past six days in Imam Sahib district of the restive Kunduz province.
Both Afghan and the U.S.-led coalition forces have stepped up air raids on anti-government militants since unveiling U.S. new strategy for Afghanistan.
Hundreds of anti-government militants including Taliban outfit and the Islamic State (IS) group, according to military officials, have been killed over the past couple of months in air raids conducted by Afghan and U.S. forces elsewhere in Afghanistan.
To further intensify airstrikes on militants, the defense ministry would soon establish two more bases for unmanned planes to conduct drone attacks on the anti-government insurgents in the country, according to the ministry's spokesman General Dawlat Waziri.
"Airstrikes are very effective in the war against terrorists," spokesman for Afghan Interior Ministry, Najib Danish said recently.