14 Taliban killed in Afghani police raid

Suspected Taliban militants attacked two police checkposts along a highway in southern Afghanistan, sparking fighting that left 14 fighters dead, police said Sunday. The clashes in Zabul province followed heavy fighting Friday in neighboring Kandahar province, that officials say left 41 militants and six police dead, the biggest battle in a recent upsurge of rebel violence that threatens the war -battered nation's new democracy. About 30 Taliban attacked the police posts late Saturday in Qalat district, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) northeast of Kandahar, Zabul police chief Ghulam Nabi Malakhail said. There were no casualties among the police and the Taliban retrieved the bodies of their slain comrades after the fighting, which lasted about 30 minutes, Malakhail said.