15 gunmen, 3 civilians killed in US-led operation in Afghanistan

US-led coalition troops battling suspected militants in southern Afghanistan lobbed a grenade that destroyed a house and killed 15 gunmen as well as a civilian woman and two children, the coalition said Monday. The troops were raiding compounds suspected of housing bomb makers in the Garmser district of Helmand province on Sunday when operatives attacked them with heavy fire, the statement said. Coalition forces responded with small-arms fire, killing several militants, it said.