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British Soldier Killed During Mission in Southern Afghanistan

Britain's foreign ministry says a British soldier was killed and four others were wounded during a NATO-led operation to clear a Taleban compound in southern Afghanistan.

Britain says the soldier died in an explosion Friday in Helmand province. Three of the wounded soldiers were evacuated by helicopter.

In a separate incident in Helmand, Afghanistan's Interior Ministry says seven Taleban fighters, including two commanders, were killed during a coalition operation Friday.

In Kandahar Saturday, officials say a suicide bomber wounded three police officers. Police and witnesses say the bomber was on foot when he detonated his explosives near a government vehicle.

Also Saturday, an Afghan Interior Ministry official, General Mohammad Doud, said that 17 national police and one narcotics policeman have been killed this year during opium poppy eradication efforts.

The official said authorities have destroyed more than 2,600 hectares of poppy fields, an improvement from last year.

More than 90 percent of the world's heroin is made from opium poppies grown in Afghanistan.

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