The Afghan troops and the US-led coalition forces have killed nine Taliban
militants on a joint operation in the country's south, a police official said
The Taliban attacked a convoy of Afghan troops in Nawa district of Helmand
province yesterday evening, sparking a three-hour clash, according to Assadullah
Sherzad, the police chief of the province.
"Nine Taliban were killed and their bodies were left in the area. We had no
casualties," he said.
Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi denied the casualty report, saying that
only two Taliban militants were killed and three wounded in the gun battle.
Southern Afghanistan is the center of a Taliban-led insurgency and the
world's largest opium-producing area. Taliban militants fighting Afghan and the
international troops often conduct such attacks in southern provinces.
Spiraling conflicts and Taliban-linked insurgency have claimed more than
5,000 people so far this year. On Saturday night, a rare rocket attack fell on
Kabul, killing three teenage sisters.