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FARAH, Afghanistan, June 5 (Xinhua) -- Sixteen Taliban militants were killed and five others wounded after Afghan Air Force conducted an airstrike in the western Farah province before dawn, provincial police spokesman confirmed.

"The targeted militants tried to storm security checkpoints before being targeted in Dehak village, on outskirts of provincial capital Farah city at early hours of Friday. The intelligence report provided by the local military authorities found security forces or civilian did not harmed in the sortie," spokesman Muhibullah Muhib told Xinhua.

A Taliban divisional commander named Raz Mohammad was among the killed, according to the police official.

The desert province has been the scene of heavy clashes for long years. The Afghan security forces had repelled massive Taliban attacks two times and the militants failed to overrun Farah city during the past three years.

The Taliban militants have not responded to the report so far.

Violence still lingered in the war-torn country after a peace deal was signed between the United States and Taliban in Qatar late in February, which paved the way for a phased U.S. force withdrawal.

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