Afghan forces retaken KhanshinThe Afghan national security forces have retaken control of Khanshin district in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, security officials said Friday.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) officials announced earlier today that the Afghan forces seized control of Khanshin district from Taliban militants this morning.

According to the local government officials, the control of the district was retaken following heavy clashes between the Afghan security forces and Taliban militants.

The officials further added that the Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers, Afghan National Police (ANP) forces together with the Afghan Public Order and Border Protection forces managed to enter into Khanshin district late on Thursday amid heavy clash.

There are no reports regarding the casualties incurred to Taliban militants and the Afghan forces during the gun battle.

However, an Afghan army official in the South said at least 42 militants have been killed since the beginning of the offensive by Afghan forces on Thursday.

The official said Taliban militants have damaged the district administrative compound along with some other government buildings and several landmines were planted by them before leaving the district center.