At least 27 Taliban insurgents were killed in ground clashes and airstrike in Kandahar province, local officials said.
Jamal Nasir Barikzai, a spokesman for Kandahar police said that the insurgents attacked security outposts in Marouf district of the province on around 10pm (local time) on Thursday.
According to Barikzai, seven insurgents were killed in the counterattack.
After clashes intensified US forces carried out an airstrike in the area, resulted in 20 deaths of Taliban fighters, he added.
The Afghan forces seized a Humvee vehicle, a number of weapons, mines, and ammo during the clashes.
Meanwhile, two policemen have been killed and six more injured in the incident.