The US coalition said Friday its forces killed 11 Taliban terrorists, including the leader of a bomb-making cell, during an operation in southern Afghanistan.
The raid in Kandahar province on Thursday targeted a bomb-maker responsible for roadside bomb attacks that killed NATO soldiers, the coalition said in a statement.
Militants barricaded themselves inside a home during the raid and opened fire on the coalition forces. After giving time to allow women and children to leave, the coalition forces fired on the militants with guns and grenades, it said.
Coalition forces found dozens of land mines, grenades, AK-47s and bomb-making materials in the home, the coalition said.