'Taliban surrounded' outside Kandahar; 50 militants said killed as civilians flee

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Afghan officials says some 50 Taliban militants have been killed in three days of fighting outside Afghanistan's major southern city.

A provincial police chief says Afghan, U.S. and Canadian troops have surrounded about 250 Taliban fighters. He says civilians are fleeing villages near Kandahar city where the Taliban have been taking over their homes.

The police chief says three police officers and one Afghan soldier also have been killed and at least 16 suspected Taliban have been arrested. The chief says there have been no air strikes.

Violence in Afghanistan this year is the deadliest since 2001 invasion. An Associated Press count shows more than 5,600 people have died this year due to insurgency-related violence.

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