14 militants killed in S. Afghanistan
Afghan and NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) killed 14 Taliban insurgents when the joint forces came under fire in Afghanistan's southern Uruzgan province, ISAF said in a press release on Monday.
"Afghan and coalition forces killed 14 insurgents after coming under fire while conducting security patrol in Uruzgan province Sunday," the press release said, without naming the exact place of the incident, XInhua reported.
It said the patrol received sustained fire from small arms and machine guns, adding after assessing the situation and concluding that there was no chance for civilian casualties, the combined force requested air support to suppress the insurgents elements.
According to the press release, three separate air engagements resulted in 14 insurgents deaths.
It also noted that "Initial reporting indicates there were no civilians casualties during the engagements."
The incident took place days before Afghans going for country' s second legislative polls.
However, the hardliner militias who vowed to derail the electoral process have yet to make comments.
Meanwhile, Afghan and NATO forces have also speed up their efforts to secur the restive Afghan provinces, especially in country's south the Taliban stronghold and eastern parts of the post-Taliban Afghanistan ahead of the elections set for Sept. 18 this year.