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14 Taliban militants killed in Taliban hotbed south Afghanistan

09-21-2010 13:56 BJT

KABUL, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- Fourteen Taliban militants were killed after joint Afghan and NATO-led forces patrol repelled insurgents attack on Monday in Taliban hotbed Helmand province of southern Afghanistan, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a press release Tuesday.

"Insurgents attacked a combined Afghan and coalition forces patrol with small-arms and machine gun fire in the Nad Ali district of Helmand province yesterday," the press release added.

It said that the joint forces positively identified insurgents firing positions and responded with small-arms and mortar fire and the force also called for close air support.

"The engagement resulted in 14 insurgents killed and one wounded," the press release confirmed.

"Initial operational reporting states there were no civilian casualties, it asserted.

However, Taliban militants fighting Afghan and international troops have yet to make comments.

Helmand and the neighboring Kandahar province has been regarded as Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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