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Coalition, Afghan Troops Kill 19 Taleban Militants, Local Commander


Authorities in southern Afghanistan say U.S.-led coalition forces and Afghan troops have repelled a major Taleban attack, killing 19 militants.

Officials in Helmand province say the militants were apparently trying to overrun a district police headquarters in Nawzad late Wednesday, but that government forces counterattacked, killing seven insurgents. A coalition airstrike killed 12 more militants.

In another battle Wednesday, in the same province, the coalition said it killed a local Taleban commander.

In a separate incident Thursday, a bomb attached to a bicycle exploded in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, wounding at least four people.

And, police in Kabul arrested an Afghan man trying to plant a bomb outside the Information and Culture Ministry building.

More than 10,000 coalition and Afghan troops have launched a major offensive against Taleban insurgents in eastern and southern Afghanistan since May.

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