Afghanistan’s Ministry of Defense said in a tweet that 25 Taliban members including a commander of group’s red unit were killed in Helmand province on Saturday.

MoD stated that Elham, Taliban’s red unit commander is also among the killed, further 7 Taliban affiliates are wounded in ANA’s counterattacks.

The clashes between the Taliban and Afghan National Army escalated when several security check points were attacked by the Taliban in Bolan and Boshran areas of Lashkargah city in Helmand province.

In another incident, Ministry of Defense said that 13 Taliban fighters were killed and one another was wounded in Kandahar province.

According to MoD the Taliban fighters were killed and wounded in Afghan national defense and security forces operation in Zherai, Arghandab and Pajwai districts of the province.

MoD tweeted seven of the Taliban strongholds were also wrecked during the ANDSF operation.

ANDSF during the mission also discovered and defused seven IEDs, MoD reported.

This comes despite the peace efforts in Doha, Qatar.

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