Helmand-Provincial police headquartersSecurity forces have stepped up attacks to retake areas from Taliban rebels in Kajaki District of southern Helmand province.

Capt. Faizullah Akhundzad, the police chief of Kajzaki District said that security forces and militants were exchanging fire from the past four days, adding that now additional forces have arrived in the area and the assault on rebels has been intensified.

Akhundzada said that 35 rebels have been killed and 45 others wounded so far in the battle with security forces.

According to the official security forces are aggressively moving forward. “We have stepped up fight to recapture the areas fell into Taliban control,” he told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Akhundzada said that only three Afghan National Army soldiers have sustained injuries in the militant fire.

Taliban confirm the clashes but reject suffering heavy casualties.

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