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Afghan Security Forces Kill 19 Taleban Fighters, Capture 17 Others


An Afghan official says local security forces have killed 19 Taleban militants and captured 17 others during an operating against insurgents in the southern province of Helmand.

The deputy provincial governor of Helmand (Mullah Amir Mohammed Akhundzada) says two of those captured are Pakistani fighters. He says Afghan police launched the operation Sunday near the town of Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand.

In another incident, officials say Taleban rebels attacked an Afghan police post in the province of Ghazni late Saturday, killing three policemen.

Meanwhile, the U.S.-led coalition is investigating two suicide bombings in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar Saturday. The attacks killed eight people, including two coalition soldiers from Canada. More than 20 others were wounded.

A coalition official says the first attacker rammed his explosives-laden car into a a coalition vehicle, killing the two soldiers and wounding eight others.

Minutes later, a second bomber approached a crowd of onlookers and blew himself up, killing six Afghan civilians.

A purported Taleban spokesman (Yousuf Ahmadi) claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP .
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