Gun battle leaves 14 militants dead in S Afghan province

14:45, May 13, 2010      

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Over a dozen of Taliban insurgents were killed as they clashed with security forces in Qarabagh district of southern Ghazni province, provincial police chief Khayalbaz Shirzai said Thursday.

"Afghan and NATO-led troops launched an operation against rebels in Malik village of Qarabagh district Wednesday night. The operation lasted for few hours during which 14 militants were killed,"Shirzai told Xinhua.

Eight more militants were injured during the firefight, he said.

Meantime, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in talks with media via telephone from unknown location confirmed the gun battle but said all those killed were civilians.

Fighting has been intensified in Afghanistan since beginning spring season. Spring and summer are known as fighting season in the militancy-plagued country.

Source: Xinhua
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