Afghan troops clashed with Taliban insurgents in southern Afghanistan, killing nine militants, while roadside blasts killed four policemen and a NATO soldier, officials said Saturday.
The militants were killed after they attacked a supply convoy for NATO-led troops in Zabul province, said provincial police official Jalali Khan. There were no casualties among the Afghan troops, he said.
In neighboring Kandahar province, a blast struck a police patrol in Maywand district, killing four officers and wounding another, said Khan Mohammad, a police official.
A NATO convoy in Kandahar's Panjwayi district was struck by another bomb which killed a soldier and wounded others, NATO's press office in Kabul said.
NATO did not release the dead soldier's nationality or say how many were wounded.
Most of the troops in the area are Canadian.
Separately, a suicide bomber attacked a police checkpoint near the main NATO base just outside Kandahar city, wounding a child and a policeman, said Mohammad Nabi Khan, another police official. Southern Afghanistan is the center of the country's Taliban-led insurgency. More than 2,500 people _ mostly militants _ have died in insurgency-related violence this year in Afghanistan, according to an Associated Press tally of official figures.