Ten Afghan army soldiers were killed and more than 100 Taliban militants died or were wounded in clashes in southern and eastern Afghanistan, the defence ministry said today.
"Ten members of the Afghan army were martyred and more than 100 enemies were killed and wounded in the south and east of the country in the past 24 hours," a statement said.
Defence ministry spokesman Mohammad Zahir Azimi said the casualties were from two operations, in southern Helmand province and eastern Nuristan.
NATO and Afghan troops yesterday launched a joint operation in Nuristan to flush out Taliban insurgents who killed eight US soldiers at the weekend -- the coalition's heaviest toll in a single incident in more than a year.
Hundreds of militant fighters swept down a remote hillside at dawn on Saturday near the mountainous border with Pakistan, over which Al-Qaeda and Taliban sympathisers are based, to attack two Afghan army and NATO outposts.
Two Afghan army soldiers and a police officer were also killed while 13 police and two Afghan journalists working for a radio station set up with US help were captured.