The Afghan Military in the South has announced that 8 Taliban militants were killed and 17 others were captured during a clash with the security forces in southern Zabul province.

The 205th Atal Corps in a statement has said during a joint clearing operation from the Afghan Special Forces and the 205th Corps, 17 insurgents have been captured in Nawbahar district in Zabul province.

The statement further added that the security forces encountered heavy clashes with the Taliban which resulted in eight Taliban killed and an additional five were injured.

Zabul Province has seen an increase of Taliban activity since the announcement of their spring offensive, Al Fath, however Zabul security forces have taken steps under the security plan Operation Khalid, like this recent operation, to lower violence across the province and prevent future attacks from the Taliban.