Afghan and US-led coalition forces killed 10 suspected militants in southern Afghanistan during several operations aimed at flushing out Taliban forces, officials said on Thursday.
In Sori district of southern Zabul province on Wednesday night, coalition and Afghan security forces launched operations near Mt Zubaida, killing three suspected Taliban fighters and arresting four others, according to provincial Police Chief Noor Mohammad Paktin.
Four other militants were killed and six arrested during search operations in Shingai district, he said.
In addition, Afghan forces and police were attacked by militants, who killed one Afghan soldier and wounded three other soldiers, Paktin said.
During the clash, three insurgents were also killed, he said.
More than 10,000 coalition and Afghan forces have been deployed across southern Afghanistan to hunt for Taliban fighters blamed for a rash of deadly ambushes and suicide attacks.
More than 700 people have been killed since May, mostly militants.