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41 Taliban militants killed

world Updated: May 13, 2010 15:22 IST

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Forty-one Taliban militants were killed in fighting with security forces in Afghanistan's northern province of Kunduz, police said on Thursday.

The fighting took place on Wednesday night in Gul Bagh village of Chardara district and Gur Tipa village outside Kunduz city, the provincial capital.

The operation was backed by US Special Forces, Xinhua said, citing police spokesman Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai.

Several foreign militants were among the dead, he said, adding a rebel commander was arrested. Four suicide bomb vests were seized.

Chardara and Gur Tipa areas are considered strongholds of the Taliban.