An Afghan national Army (ANA) force uses a machine gun in retaliation against Taliban during South Battles, 28 Killed, Dec. 24, 2020. [Photo: MoD/twitter]

HELMAND, Afghanistan – At least 21 Taliban killed and further nine wounded during a battle with Afghan National Army (ANA) in southern province of Helmand, said the Ministry of Interior in a statement Thursday.

“21 #Taliban were killed and 9 others were wounded in Nawa district of Helmand province yesterday,” said the MoD in a tweet.

According to the statement, the Taliban initially targeted Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in the area but faced heavy retaliation.

“They were attacking #ANDSF positions when they were targeted by #ANA,” the tweet. Added. “A large amount of their ammunition and weapons were destroyed as result of the reciprocal attacks.”

Meanwhile, in another battle in Kandahar, at least seven Taliban killed and further nine wounded in Zheria district of the southern province.

“7 #Taliban were killed and 9 others were wounded in Zheria district of Kandahar province, yesterday,” said the MoD. “They were planning to attack #ANDSF positions when they were targeted by ANA.”

Taliban did not immediately comment on the incident.

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  • Muhammad Arif Sheva holds a B.A degree in Journalism from Int'l Peace Leadership College Rizal, Philippines. Sheva works as an editor and content writer for Khaama Press.