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Several militants killed in Afghan clashes

world Updated: Oct 31, 2007 12:53 IST
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Several Taliban militants were killed during two raids carried out by coalition forces in southern and eastern Afghanistan, the US-led force said on Wednesday.

In southern Ghazni province, soldiers were ambushed by a lone gunman on Tuesday as they hunted for insurgents in Gelan district. The shooter was killed but troops then had to fight off other insurgents in the zone, the force said.

"Coalition forces engaged the militants with a combination of small arms and accurate conventional munitions killing several militants in the process," the coalition said in a statement, without giving a precise death toll.

In eastern Kunar province, a militant holed up in a building in Khas Kunar district on the border with Pakistan opened fire on coalition troops searching for Al-Qaeda-linked fighters. The militant was killed and another arrested.

The extremist Taliban, who were ousted from power in late 2001 by a US-led invasion of Afghanistan, have since been waging a bloody insurgency which has claimed the lives of thousands of people, mostly militants.

There are more than 55,000 foreign soldiers fighting the growing insurgency alongside Afghan forces.

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