At least sixteen Taliban militants and seven soldiers of the Afghan border police forces were killed during a clash with the Taliban militants in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan, the local authorities said Saturday.

According to a statement released by the provincial government media office, at least seven border police soldiers lost their lives during a clash with the Taliban militants in Spin Boldak district.

The statement further added that four border police soldiers also sustained injuries during the clash.

In the meantime, the provincial government claims that 16 Taliban militants were also killed during the clash and at least 11 others sustained injuries.

However, reports indicate that 18 police soldiers have lost their lives during the latest clash with Taliban in Spin Boldak district.

The Taliban militants have not commented regarding the incident so far.

Kandahar is one of the key provinces in South of Afghanistan where the security situation had improved comparatively during the recent years but the anti-government armed elements are attempting to destabilize some remote districts of the province during the recent months.