35 militants killed in S. Afghanistan
Afghan National Army (ANA) backed by the U.S.-led Coalition forces eliminated 35 militants in southern Afghan province of Zabul on Thursday, said a Coalition statement received on Friday.
"The Afghan-led force was conducting a combat reconnaissance patrol early Thursday morning when the convoy came under heavy fire from militants using small arms and mortar fire in Daychopan district," the statement said, Xinhua reported.
The combined forces returned fire and requested air support, killing 35 and wounding 13, it said.
"The remaining militants retreated, and medical personnel treated the wounded enemy fighters, who were taken into ANA custody," it said, adding that no ANA, Coalition forces or civilian casualties have been reported as a result of this engagement.
Over 100 militants have been killed in respective operations in Afghanistan during the past week as Taliban insurgents have vowed to intensify assaults against interest of government and international troops in the country.