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Afghan troops kill 15 militants

Fifteen militants were killed in fighting with the security forces in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province on Tuesday, the Afghan Army said.

world Updated: Aug 04, 2009 20:05 IST

Fifteen militants were killed in fighting with the security forces in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province on Tuesday, the Afghan Army said.

"Troops conducted a commando operation in Marja village of Nadali district Tuesday morning, as a result 15 insurgents were killed and eight others were captured," a military official said.

Helmand province has been the scene of violence since the security forces launched a major operation against the Taliban in July.

Taliban fighters have intensified attacks against the government ahead of the Aug 20 presidential elections.