Hundreds of Afghan security troops backed by U.S. forces have killed at least 32 suspected Taleban rebels in a district capital of Kandahar province.
Rebels overran the Mian Nishin district last week, taking 31 police hostage and later killing eight of them. Militants say they have released the remaining 23 hostages.
Before dawn Tuesday, some 400 Afghan troops entered the area, capturing 15 suspected militants and killing at least 11 others. U.S. airstrikes in the area killed some 21 other suspected militants.
Elsewhere in Kandahar province, United Nations and Afghan officials say militants killed an Afghan election worker in an ambush. It was the second killing of an election worker ahead of the September parliamentary election.
Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AFP.