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Clashes kill 36 rebels in Afghanistan

NATO airstrikes killed at least 36 Taliban fighters in Afghanistan's violence-wracked south as militant attacks left a NATO soldier dead.

india Updated: Aug 24, 2006 18:17 IST

Clashes and NATO airstrikes killed at least 36 Taliban fighters in Afghanistan's violence-wracked south as militant attacks left a NATO soldier dead and five others wounded, officials said.

Two roadside bombs also killed three Afghan civilians on Wednesday as renewed bloodshed in the south underscored the threat posed by resurgent Taliban militants, who are trying to topple the US-backed government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Eighteen suspected Taliban were killed in a clash with Afghan forces on Wednesday in the Khake-Afghan district of southern Zabul province, said Jailani Khan, the province's deputy police chief.

The militants left the bodies beside their weapons at the scene, Khan said. One Afghan army soldier was killed and three others were wounded while aiding the police in the clash, Gen Rahmatullah Raufi, an army commander said.

Militants also attacked an Afghan army patrol in Zabul, killing a soldier and wounding four, a Defence Ministry statement said.

NATO warplanes responded to Tuesday's ambush, bombing a Taliban position and killing seven fighters.

Another NATO airstrike also killed 11 militants Tuesday in the Zhari district of Kandahar province, a former Taliban stronghold, said spokesman Maj Scott Lundy.

The militants were among 15 who were preparing an ambush on the main highway in the area, but fled into a compound after realising they were being watched.

A subsequent bombing raid killed 11 militants, Lundy said.