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UPDATED: 07:47, September 28, 2006
Writethru: 25 insurgents killed in S. Afghanistan
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At least 25 insurgents were killed on Wednesday in the southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, said a spokesman of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

Maj. Luke Knittig told Xinhua that according to reports from Afghan security department, the militants were killed by Afghan police and troops in Garmser district at around 8:30 a.m. local time.

He said the insurgents attacked a police post in the district with small arm fire, and the police and troops fought back, killing at least 25 militants.

Garmser, located in eastern Helmand, has been a hotbed of Taliban and other militants. The Taliban occupied the district center briefly several times in the past months.

Also on Wednesday, one civilian was injured in a suicide car bombing apparently targeting ISAF troops in Dorahi area of the neighboring Kandahar province.

Due to rising Taliban-linked insurgence this year, Afghanistan has plunged into the worst spate of violence since the Taliban regime was toppled in late 2001.

Over 2,400 persons, mostly Taliban rebels, have been killed in this Central Asian country in the past nine months.

Source: Xinhua

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