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4 police, 87 militants killed in 2 Afghan provinces

Four police officers and at least 87

militants have been killed in clashes and airstrikes in two Afghan provinces,

authorities said Tuesday.

In southern Kandahar province, Afghan security forces backed by Afghan Air

Force repulsed a massive Taliban attack on Maywand district Monday night,

killing 57 militants and injuring 16 attackers, Gen. Abdul Raziq, provincial

police chief, told Xinhua.

The militants tired to overrun the district, west of provincial capital

Kandahar city.

Four police officers were also killed and 11 police injured while seven

militants' vehicles were destroyed during the fighting, the police official

added.

In addition, 30 militants were killed and 16 others injured following a

cleanup operation launched by Afghan security forces and U.S.-led NATO

coalition forces' airstrikes in Baghlan-e-Markazi district of northern

Baghlan province, an army spokesman at the region, Hanif Rezai, told Xinhua.

The raid and airstrikes were launched in retaliation for militants in the

district where 20 army soldiers were killed and many others injured late

Friday night.

Afghan security forces, backed by the coalition troops, have increased

ground and air offensives against militants in the past few months as the

country is preparing for parliamentary and district council elections slated

for Oct. 20.

The Taliban militant group has yet to make comments.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)