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25 Taliban militants killed in South Afghanistan

Afghan and international forces killed 25 Taliban insurgents in Helmand province of southern Afghanistan, a defence ministry statement said on Monday.
IANS | By HT Correspondent, Kabul
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2007 01:25 PM IST

Afghan and international forces killed 25 Taliban insurgents in Helmand province of southern Afghanistan, a defence ministry statement said on Monday.

A regional commander Mullah Mohammad Yunus was among the slain Taliban rebels killed in Sangin district on Sunday, the statement said.

The forces used air power of international troops to conduct the operation, it added.

Helmand has been a hotbed of Taliban insurgents. Due to rising Taliban-linked insurgency, over 1,600 persons, mostly Taliban militants, have been killed in Afghanistan this year.

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