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Afghan violence 'leaves 22 dead'
by BBC (reposted)
Sunday Jul 23rd, 2006 8:27 AM
At least 22 people are reported to have been killed in the latest violence in Afghanistan - 19 of them Taleban fighters and three policemen.

The Taleban were killed in fighting with UK troops and Afghan police in the southern Helmand province, local officials say.

The police were killed by suspected Taleban fighters in Ghazni province.

On Saturday six civilians and two Canadian soldiers were killed in a double suicide attack in Kandahar.

Taleban positions

"Government and British forces killed 19 Taleban and arrested 17 others, including two Pakistanis, in the attacks" in Helmand, the province's deputy governor, Amir Mohammad Akhundzada told the Reuters news agency.

Local people said civilians had also been killed.

The fighting took place when the UK and Afghan forces attacked Taleban positions in villages close to the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah, Mr Akhundzada said.

The three Afghan policemen were killed when their post was attacked in the town of Gelan in Ghazni, local officials said.

Laden with explosives

A spokesman for the US-led forces in Afghanistan, Major Scott Lundy, said Saturday's suicide attacks in Kandahar city would not deter the coalition from its task of promoting security and bringing development in Afghanistan.