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Afghan, NATO Forces Kill 18 Taleban in Southern Afghanistan


Police in Afghanistan say Afghan and NATO forces have killed 18 Taleban rebels in clashes in the country's volatile southern region.

The fighting took place Tuesday near the village of Garmser in Helmand province. There were no casualties reported among the NATO and Afghan troops.

Also on Tuesday, three British soldiers were killed in the same province when suspected Taleban insurgents ambushed a NATO patrol. NATO took over security operations this week from U.S.-led coalition forces in six southern Afghan provinces.

A car exploded just outside Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, killing one person in the vehicle Wednesday, and wounding at least two others.

Police say they are not sure if the blast was a suicide attack. At least one of the people injured was in the vehicle at the time of the explosion.

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