At least seven Taliban militants were killed, some drugs and weapons were destroyed during a clash in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.

“Seven Taliban fighters were killed during an Afghan Special Security Forces (ASSF) raid in Garm Sir and Nahr-e Saraj districts, Helmand province, May 03, 2019,” the military source said Sunday.

The sources further added “During this operation, ASSF received small arms fire from multiple militants, forcing ASSF to respond with heavy machine gun fire, killing 7 Taliban fighters and destroying methamphetamine, refined drug product and weapons in Nahr-e Saraj district.”

In the meantime, the Ministry of Defense in a statement said “Last night an operation was conducted by ANA Commandos in Garm Sir district of Helmand province, one Taliban group leader named Zarqawee along with his 8 comrades were killed.”

The anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented regarding the operation so far.

Helmand is among the relatively volatile provinces in South of Afghanistan. Taliban militants are active in some of the restive districts of the province including Garm Sir and Nahr-e-Saraj and often attempt to carry out terrorist related activities against the government and security institutions.