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22 Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan

Afghan and international forces have killed 22 Taliban militants in western Afghanistan, the Afghan interior ministry said on Wednesday.

world Updated: Sep 30, 2009 14:30 IST

Afghan and international forces have killed 22 Taliban militants in western Afghanistan, the Afghan interior ministry said on Wednesday.

In an operation yesterday night by Afghan police and army, backed by coalition forces, which lasted almost four hours in Farah province, 25 insurgents were also wounded and another 12 arrested, the ministry said in a statement.

"Aside from the casualties, eight rocket launchers, 35 Kalashnikovs, one device for detonating remote-controlled bombs, hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition and some anti-vehicle mines were also discovered," the ministry statement said.

There were no police casualties, it added.

The central region of Farah province where the battle took place has been increasingly encroached upon by Taliban militants, who in recent months have escalated their insurgency against government and coalition troops.