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Over 30 Taliban insurgents killed

world Updated: Oct 21, 2007 12:16 IST

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The Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and US-led coalition forces have killed nearly three dozen Taliban fighters during an operation in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province.

The combined forces were conducting a reconnaissance mission on Saturday when Taliban fighters engaged the patrol with rocket and small arms fire, a statement issued by the coalition forces said.

ANSF and the coalition forces returned fire and easily out-manoeuvred the militants.

The clash came as a sustained fighting between the combined forces and Taliban fighters Saturday entered into a second day near the Musa Qaleh Wadi region of Helmand, it said.

Saturday's actions "are part of a larger operation to disrupt terrorist activities in the Helmand Province," the statement added.

There were no reports of Afghan civilian casualties in the clash.

On Friday, over a dozen Taliban insurgents were killed in the same region while attacking a patrol of the combined ANSF and coalition forces.