Dozens of militants killed in clashes in Afghanistan: US military
Dozens of Taliban insurgents were killed in separate clashes with US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan, the military said on Saturday.
Several militants were killed and three detained in an operation in the Taga Aab district of north-eastern Kapisa province after the militants attacked the coalition forces while they conducted a search operation on Friday, the US military said in a statement, reported dpa.
"During the operation, several militants repeatedly engaged the joint force from covered defensive positions," the statement said, adding that the troops responded, killing several militants.
A separate militant group attacked the joint force from inside another building in the same area, it said. The coalition forces called in air support, killing the militants.
Meanwhile, several other militants were killed and five were detained during a search operation in the Kajaki district of southern Helmand earlier this week, a separate US military statement said.
At least 15 other insurgents were killed in the neighbouring province of Uruzgan after the militants attacked coalition bases in the province, the statement said.
The militants used mortars and small-arms fire during their attack in Charasyab and Nawrak villages, it said, adding: "The militants fled to nearby villages where the combined forces saw them attempting to use villagers as shields against attacks."
No coalition, Afghan forces or Afghan civilians were killed or injured during the course of operation.
The Taliban, who lost power after the US military invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, have recently rallied and waged a bloody war against the Afghan government and its military allies.
The fighting so far this year has claimed the lives of more than 1,500 people, mostly insurgents and civilians.