|Districts of Helmand Province. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
"Nine Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and seven soldiers injured following a Taliban attack on ANA checkposts in Washeer district Tuesday night," a spokesman for provincial government, Daud Ahmadi told Xinhua.
He said seven militants were also killed and five other insurgents were injured in the fighting.
A Taliban commander was killed and six other militants were detained by police following a similar incident in neighboring Nad Ali district also Tuesday night, Ahamdi added.
In another development, three militants were killed in a joint operation carried out by Aghan army and NATO-led coalition forces in Chak-e-Wardak district in eastern Wardak province late Tuesday, a provincial spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid, told Xinhua.
The Taliban-led insurgency has been rampant since the militant group launched an annual spring offensive from May 3 against Afghan and NATO-led troops stationed in the country.