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Two Taleban Militants, One Civilian Killed in Afghan Clash


Afghan officials say a clash between security forces and suspected Taleban militants in eastern Nangarhar province bordering Pakistan has left two militants and one woman dead.

The officials say heavy fighting between the troops and the insurgents hiding in a building in the province's Chaparhar district began late Wednesday and lasted for hours. Several suspected Taleban appeared to have fled.

Authorities say U.S. troops supported local forces. But U.S. military officials could not confirm the incident.

The clash is the latest rebel violence to hit southern and eastern provinces.

U.S.-led forces ousted the Taleban from power in late 2001, after they refused to hand over al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden following the September 11 attacks on the United States.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.