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US forces kill 3 Taliban militants

US troops killed three Taliban militants and detained another during a raid in central Afghanistan, a US military statement said on Wednesday.

world Updated: Dec 03, 2008 14:07 IST

US troops killed three Taliban militants and detained another during a raid in central Afghanistan, a US military statement said on Wednesday.

The troops were targeting a militant leader co-ordinating Taliban activities in Ghazni province yesterday when insurgents fired on them, the statement said.

Three insurgents were killed in the ensuing firefight in Ghazni's Andar district, the statement said.

US military has said it will continue its offensives against insurgents throughout the winter months.

Nearly 6,000 people, mostly militants, have died in insurgency-related violence in Afghanistan this year, according to an Associated Press count of figures from Afghan and Western officials.