Afghanistan's Defense Ministry says its troops have killed four Taliban near Musa Qala, in the first fighting since the militants were ousted from the southern town.

In a statement Sunday the ministry said Afghan national forces engaged with the enemy as they moved to expand the area under government control.

Afghan and NATO forces regained control of the area last week, in a battle that left hundreds of Taliban insurgents killed, wounded or detained.

Hundreds of troops continued to patrol the streets on Saturday.

British military officials also said Saturday two rockets were fired into Musa Qala from the outskirts where some Taliban had escaped. No injuries were reported.

The Taliban had seized Musa Qala, in Helmand province about eight months ago.

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