Afghan police kill 39 militants

Afghan police backed by NATO-led forces killed 39 Taliban militants.

Updated: Jun 13, 2010, 13:57 PM IST

Kabul: Afghan police supported by NATO-led forces killed 39 Taliban militants in southern Afghanistan, a statement of the Interior Ministry said on Sunday.

"Afghan National Police backed by international troops launched an operation in Chanarto and Behzak areas of Uruzgan province on Friday, killing 39 militants," Xinhua quoted the statement as saying.

Combined forces also recovered 30 rifles, four rocket-propelled grenades and five machine guns during the operation, the statement added.

In a separate operation, the forces arrested two militants in eastern Paktia province on Saturday, the report said.

More than 130 people including troopers, militants and civilians have been killed over the past one week.