Code 168907
PublishDate: Sunday, April 12, 2009 12:14

Battle kills 22 Taliban rebels

The rebels ambushed a joint Afghan and foreign forces patrol in Shinkay district of Zabul province late Saturday, sparking the exchange, provincial police chief Abdul Rehman Sarjang told AFP.
"Twenty-two Taliban were killed. The militants left the bodies behind. Four are Pakistani nationals and the rest are Afghans," he said.
Sarjang added the international forces called in air support after the ambush. There were no casualties to the joint forces.
His figure for the Taliban casualties could not be independently verified.
The US military released a statement saying it had killed four Taliban in the same area, also on Saturday. It was unclear if it was the same incident.
There are more than 70,000 international troops under NATO and US command in Afghanistan helping in the fight against the insurgents.

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