At least six Taliban local commanders were killed on Wednesday in an airstrike in Herat province, local officials said.
Jelani Farhad, the governor's spokesman, said that the strike was conducted in “Zeyart Kham” area of Guzara district of Herat province and several other commanders were wounded.
Based on preliminary information, those reported killed: "Abdullah Akbari, Mawolavi Haidar, Mullah Rahmatullah, Zabiullah Akbari, Mullah Mohammad--known as Idres--and Mullah Abdulhaq--known us Osama," were the Taliban local commanders for Guzara, Adraksan, Pashton Zarghon districts of Herat province.
According to Farhad, the commanders were gathered and making plans to attack government installations and to conduct attacks in Herat city, when they were targeted in the airstrike.
Several other Taliban were also wounded in the strike and also their weapon caches were destroyed, Farhad said.
Meanwhile, the residents claim that at least eight civilians were killed and nearly 20 others were wounded in the airstrike attack, which they say targeted a wedding party.
A number of witnesses and wounded in the incident say that aircraft also targeted those who were fleeing the area after bombing the wedding ceremony.
Women and children are also among dead and wounded, residents said.
Officials at the Herat District Hospital say that five people injured in the airstrike have been transferred to the hospital, and that so far a woman is reported to be in critical condition.
The Taliban said in a statement that civilians have been killed in the attack.
At the same time, a car carrying civilians was reportedly hit by a Taliban mine planted in the Osto village, on the border between Guzara and Adraskan districts, killing or injuring a number of civilians.
Several wounded were transferred to health centers, Farhad said.