The Afghan security forces killed 25 militants during an intense battle in Maruf district of Kandahar on Saturday night.

The Ministry of Interior in a statement said the Taliban militants launched a major offensive on Maruf district compound by detonating four car bombs.

However, the interior ministry said the security forces effectively responded to the assault and killed 25 militants during an intense gun battle.

Meanwhile, the Kandahar Police Chief Gen. Tadin Khan Achakzai confirmed that Taliban militants detonated car bombs during an attack on Maruf district compound.

Gen. Tadin Khan further added that some security personnel also lost their lives during the attack.

The security situation in Kandahar province has deteriorated during the recent months.

Taliban militants are active in some districts of the province and often conduct terrorist related activities.

Meanwhile, the Afghan forces routinely conduct counter-terrorism operations against the anti-government armed groups in this province.

The U.S. forces also conduct regular airstrikes in restive parts of the country to suppress Taliban and other anti-government militants.

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