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20 Taliban killed in Afghan-US operation

Afghan security forces supported by international troops killed more than 20 Taliban insurgents during a hunt on rebels' hideouts in southern Afghanistan, police said on Monday.

world Updated: Dec 17, 2007 13:27 IST

Afghan security forces supported by international troops killed more than 20 Taliban insurgents during a hunt on rebels' hideouts in southern Afghanistan, police said on Monday.

Nearly 10 other militants were injured and four detained during the operation in southern Kandahar province's Zhirai district on Sunday, the Kandahar police chief, Sayed Agha Saqeb told AFP.

"We and the coalition had a joint operation against Taliban in that area. Yesterday (Sunday) we came in contact with the enemy and over 20 enemy were killed," the police commander said.

He was referring to the US-led coalition force which has over 15,000 troops based here mainly helping local security forces hunting remnants of the Taliban who are waging a deadly insurgency.

A separate force of over 40,000 Western troops operates in Afghanistan under the command of the NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

It was not possible to verify the police chief's figure independently and officials from the Western military forces were not immediately available for comment.