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33 militants killed in clashes in Afghanistan

world Updated: Mar 20, 2009 12:00 IST
33 militants killed in clashes in Afghanistan

Afghan and international forces killed 33 militants in two days of clashes in Afghanistan, US forces said on Friday. Afghan army and US-coalition troops killed 30 militants in a firefight in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, the US said in a statement released late that night.

The troops were patrolling in a militant-heavy area of Helmand province's Gereshk district when they started receiving gunfire and returned fire, the US said. One Afghan soldier was injured during the operation, the statement said.

On Friday, Afghan and coalition forces killed three militants in eastern Logar province when fighting broke out during a raid targeting a bomb-making cell, a separate US statement said. One militant was captured in the incident in Logar's Baraki Barak district, the US said.

The fighting follows the death on Thursday of an Australian service member in southern Oruzgan province, NATO forces said. The bomb disposal expert died while trying to defuse a makeshift device. It was Australia's second death in the Central Asian country in a week.