The police in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan killed at least 12 Taliban insurgents, provincial police chief Juma Gul Humat told Xinhua on Monday.
"The clash, during which 12 rebels were killed, took place on Sunday in Chora district when police backed by the international troops launched a clean-up operation against militants in that area," Humat told Xinhua.
Three policemen were wounded in the operation, he said.
There was no immediate comment by the Taliban on the incident.
More than 8,000 people were killed in violent incidents in Afghanistan in 2007 while over 250 have lost their lives in conflicts and militancy till date this year in the war-battered country.