Police in Afghanistan say Afghan and NATO forces have killed 10 Taleban rebels in fighting in the country's south.

Police say the fighting broke out when Afghan and NATO forces raided the rebels' hideouts in Helmand province's Garmser district.

It is the same area where, on Tuesday, Afghan and NATO forces killed 18 Taleban insurgents. One police officer was also killed.

NATO took over security operations from U.S.-led coalition forces this week in six southern Afghan provinces.

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