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Clashes in South Kill 6 Policemen, 11 Militants

The World | IN BRIEF / AFHANISTAN

August 15, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

Gun battles killed at least 11 militants and six policemen across southern Afghanistan. Insurgents also targeted NATO patrols in Kabul, the capital, with bicycle-rigged bombs.

In Helmand province, a clash left 11 suspected Taliban and two policemen dead, said Deputy Gov. Amir Mohammed Akhundzada.

Insurgents killed four more police officers in the southeastern province of Ghazni, a government spokesman said.

In Kabul, a bomb rigged to a bicycle exploded as a North Atlantic Treaty Organization patrol passed, injuring four French soldiers and three civilians. Another bicycle bomb caused no casualties.

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