The Ministry of Defense says at least twenty Afghan soldiers have lost their lives during the clashes with the militants in western Farah and Nimroz provinces.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defense Gen. Dawlat Waziri says at least 63 militants were killed and 22 others were wounded during the clashes in the two provinces.

He said the clashes took place in the past 24 hours and as a result at least 22 Afghan soldiers have also embraced martyrdom.

Gen. Waziri further added that five Afghan soldiers have also sustained injuries during the clashes but did not elaborate further regarding their health condition.

This comes as the local officials in Farah said earlier today that the control of the district center of Anar Dara has fallen into the hands of the Taliban group.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Defense says additional troops have been deployed to Farah province to suppress the insurgent groups.

The Ministry of Interior had earlier said the Afghan security forces have tactically retreated from the center of the Anar Dara district but operations are underway to suppress the insurgents.