Afghan authorities say at least two Taleban insurgents have been killed and six others captured, while two Afghan soldiers and a civilian were wounded in separate incidents.
Local officials say the militants were killed overnight in southern Helmand province after Taleban forces attacked a police post there. No police casualties were reported.
In another incident late Monday, in southeastern Paktika province, security forces arrested six insurgents following a brief exchange of fire. A spokesman for the provincial governor said a mid-level Taleban commander, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad, is among the arrested.
And, in eastern Khost province, at least two Afghan soldiers and a civilian were wounded when an army vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb.
Afghanistan's southern regions have seen some of the worst fighting in recent months since the Taleban regime was ousted from power in 2001.Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.