KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, June 27 (Xinhua) -- Airstrike carried out by NATO-led forces against militants in Taliban hotbed Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan on Saturday left five militants including their commander dead, a local official said Sunday.
"Five militants including their commander Mohammad Anas were killed when they were struck by precision air fire in Panjwai district Saturday," governor of Panjwai district Bahram Khaksar told Xinhua.
Meantime, a Taliban fighter in the area in talks with media confirmed the incident but did not make comment on casualties.
Kandahar province has been regarded as stronghold of Taliban militants in southern part of the war-torn country.
Afghan and NATO-led forces, according to military officials, have been devising a comprehensive plan to kick off an operation against the Taliban militants possibly in the coming weeks.