At least 26 Afghan soldiers are killed and 13 others wounded in a Taliban attack on a military base in Kandahar province.
The attack happened late yesterday in Karzali area of Khakrez district.
Afghan Defense Ministry has said at least 21 other people are missing and seven are kidnapped.
Afghan soldiers said that more than 80 fighters are also killed in the counterattack.
However, the Taliban claimed to have killed at least 70 soldiers and to have seized a number of army vehicles, equipment, machinery and weapons.
The Taliban has carried out increasingly complex attacks against security forces so far in 2017.
In April, more than 140 soldiers were believed to have been killed on a base outside the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, one of the deadliest ever Taliban attacks on a military installation.