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Afghans foil Taliban attack on a convoy

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Afghan troops clashed with Taliban insurgents attacking a supply convoy for NATO troops, killing nine militants, officials said Saturday. Roadside bombs killed a NATO soldier in a separate convoy and four police officers.

The militants were killed after they attacked a supply convoy for NATO-led troops in Zabul province, said provincial police official Jalali Khan. There were no casualties among Afghan troops, he said.

In neighboring Kandahar province, a blast struck a police patrol in Maywand district, killing four officers and wounding another, said Khan Mohammed, a police official.

Another bomb struck a NATO convoy in Kandahar's Panj­wayi district, killing a soldier, NATO's media office in Kabul said. NATO did not release the dead soldier's nationality or say how many were wounded. Most of the troops in the area are Canadian.

Southern Afghanistan is the center of the country's Taliban-led insurgency. More than 2,500 people — mostly militants — have died in insurgency-related violence this year in Afghanistan, according to an Associated Press tally of official figures.

In northwestern Pakistan, at least 10 Taliban militants died in fierce fighting between two rival groups, a government official and Taliban spokesman said Saturday.

Afghans foil Taliban attack on a convoy 07/19/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 4:36pm]

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