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Nine Suspected Taleban Killed in Afghanistan Clashes

U.S. and Afghan forces report killing eight insurgents during fighting in southeastern Afghanistan and say they thwarted an attempted suicide bombing at a U.S. base.

Authorities in Zabul province say coalition forces raided a Taleban hideout Saturday, sparking a gunbattle during which eight militants were killed and three captured.

In Khost province Saturday, coalition forces detained a man outside a U.S. base after a grenade he was carrying failed to detonate. A military statement says the assailant had several explosives hidden on his body when he approached Camp Salerno.

In central Uruzgan province Saturday, Afghan and U.S. troops killed one insurgent and captured six others.

The Taleban has stepped up attacks ahead of parliamentary elections next month.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AFP.