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Firefight leaves 64 dead in Afghanistan

Taliban-linked insurgency has claimed the lives of more than 300 people including five foreigners over the past one week.

india Updated: May 24, 2006 16:30 IST

Sixty-four people, including four Afghan soldiers, were killed and three wounded as they came under Taliban attacks in southern Uruzgan province, a senior military commander said on Wednesday.

"Militants attacked on a Afghanistan National Army (ANA) convoy in Murghab area near the provincial capital Trinkot on Tuesday afternoon leaving four soldiers dead and wounding three others while the troops' retaliation left 60 enemies dead," General Rahmatullah Raufi said.

On the other hand, Taliban's purported spokesman Qari Yusuf Ahmadi rejected the claim and said the militias had inflicted heavy loses to government troops.

No independent sources were immediately available to make comment on the exact figure casualties in either side.

Taliban-linked insurgency has claimed the lives of more than 300 people including five foreigners over the past one week.