The Afghan military has claimed to have killed over 30 attackers after they ambushed troops in the south of the country. Meanwhile, a coalition military operation with NATO forces is still underway in Ghazni province.
The clash broke out following reports of an ambush by the insurgents in Zabul, the ministry said in a statement.
"Thirty-four bodies of terrorists, among them a number of foreigners, have been collected from the battlefield," it said, adding some ammunitions were also seized.
It did not say if there were any casualties among the Afghan troops. The interior ministry said police forces were also involved and put the number of Taliban deaths as high as 70.
If confirmed, the losses would be the bloodiest for the militants in a single day in recent weeks in
A provincial police official put the Taliban death toll at 37 and said two soldiers were wounded.
The Taliban, who lead the insurgency against the government and foreign troops, could not be contacted immediately for comment.
Violence has escalated in
In neighbouring Ghazni province, Afghan security forces and NATO-led forces were still engaged in a joint operation they launched on Wednesday to retake a district from the Taliban, the alliance said.
Afghan and NATO officials said the militants had suffered some casualties.
Taliban militants captured the local government headquarters of the remote Ajristan district on Sunday, part of a campaign of seizing remote outposts and forcing thinly spread security forces to respond in a game of cat-and-mouse.
Separately, seven Afghan police were killed in two separate roadside bomb attacks in other parts of
Date created : 2008-07-24