At least 20 soldiers have been killed in a Taliban attack on a security base in Nahr Siraj district of Helmand province, according to reports.

A source told the media that Taliban fighters attacked a security base in Nahr Siraj district of Helmand province last night, killing at least 20 security personnel and wounding 14 others.

Helmand Police confirmed the clashes have occurred, but decline to give further details about the attack and the casualties.

A Taliban spokesman, Yusuf Ahmadi, tweeted that the group have attacked the base and inflicted heavy casualties on a key security outpost located in Nahr Siraj district.

According to Ahmadi, the clashes took place last night in Wazirmand area of Nahr Siraj in Helmand province.

He claimed that 13 government forces were killed and 11 others were captured by the Taliban, also a government tank and 35 light and heavy weapons were taken by the group.

This comes as Parliament Speaker, Mir Rahman Rahmani on Monday said, that war and violence are not the solutions for any type of crisis.

He said during a Wolesi Jirga (lower house of Parliament) meeting that with coordination of the High Council for National Reconciliation and the government the MPs are to draw up a plan for a proper peace process.

“The international community, regional and neighboring countries, more than ever with a clear consensus, have reached to this conclusion, to help the people and the government of Afghanistan to achieve peace”, Rahmani said.

He added for a lasting and dignified peace, most logical option is to continue and accelerate peace negotiations.

Rahmani explained that Afghanistan’s national sovereignty belongs to the people and it is exercised through people and their representatives.

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