Up to 32 militants dead in Afghanistan
An upsurge in fighting, particularly in regions where the Taliban are strongest, has left over 400 people, mostly militants, dead since mid-May.india Updated: Jun 03, 2006 18:58 IST
Fierce fighting across southern Afghanistan left up to 32 suspected militants dead, while the government on Saturday announced a sweeping shake-up of the police force after the worst riots in years shook the capital.
Backed by warplanes, US-led coalition and Afghan forces retook the southern town of Chori on Friday in fighting that left as many as 20 militants dead, said Defence Ministry spokesman Gen Zahir Azimi.
The bodies of 15 insurgents were scattered around the town.
Militants attacked the town in Uruzgan province earlier in the week and forced local security forces to flee.
US military spokesman Sgt Chris Miller said the Afghan and US Troops suffered no casualties and that police had resumed control of the area.
In other violence on Friday, militants attacked a police station in Miana Shien town, Kandahar province, sparking clashes that left 12 militants dead and 17 people wounded, including four police, said Dawood Hamadi, the provincial spokesman.
In neighbouring Helmand province yesterday, coalition warplanes bombed militants loading munitions from a cave onto a truck, the US Military said in a statement.
The number of militant casualties was still being assessed, it said.
In the country's north, in Baghlan province, gunmen shot dead an Afghan aid worker in his home yesterday, said Mohammad Qasim Amirzai, a deputy local police chief.
The motive for the attack was unclear.
An upsurge of fighting, particularly in southern regions where the Taliban are strongest, has left over 400 people, mostly militants, dead since mid-May.