Officials in Afghanistan say U.S. and Afghan troops have killed eight suspected Taleban fighters and captured 16 others in a firefight in a mountain area south of the capital.

An Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman said Tuesday the fighting occurred in the Dai Chopan district of southern Zabul province.

Independent confirmation of the details of the fighting in the remote area was not immediately available. The U.S. military had no immediate comment.

Guerrilla activity in Afghanistan has increased after a winter lull, but activity is down compared to past years.

U.S.-led forces overthrew the Taleban after they refused to hand over al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, the architect of the September 11 attacks on U.S. cities.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AP.