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36 Taleban Militants Killed in Clashes Throughout Afghanistan


U.S.-led coalition and Afghan troops have killed 36 Taleban militants in separate battles throughout the country.

Afghan army general Mohaiddin Ghori says 20 rebels were killed in southern Helmand province following fighting and air strikes by multinational forces.

In a separate battle, coalition forces killed five Taleban fighters after an attack on police in Helmand's Sangin district. A coalition statement says one police officer was killed and another was wounded when police hit a landmine during the fight.

Meanwhile, a local police chief says a rocket landed at a shop, killing a young boy and injuring a man. It is unclear whether the rocket was part of the firefight.

In Uruzgan province, the U.S.-led coalition says 11 Taleban were killed after militants ambushed Afghan and U.S. troops. There were no reports of any coalition deaths in the clash.

Also, Afghan officials say six police officers are dead after a roadside bomb struck their convoy in eastern Khost province.

And, a British NATO soldier was confirmed killed in a military operation in southern Afghanistan. The death brings the number of British soldiers killed in Afghanistan to 64 since the start of military actions in 2001.

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

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