Afghan officials say Afghan and NATO forces killed or wounded more than 50 Taliban insurgents in a large operation in southern Afghanistan Sunday.

The Afghan Defense Ministry said in a statement Monday, that the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force backed up the Afghan National Army during the battle in Baluch village in Uruzgan province.

The ministry said 13 other militants were captured.

In southern Afghanistan, officials say a suicide bomber killed three people Monday, when he detonated himself near a police convoy.

Police say the attack took place in Lashkar Gah, capital of troubled Helmand Province.

A police official said at least five people were wounded in the attack.

Helmand province, the biggest opium producing region of Afghanistan, has endured a wave of Taliban-led violence this year.


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