16 Taliban die in Afghan clashes

A series of clashes in southern Afghanistan killed 16 Taliban militants and wounded five police officers, officials said Tuesday. Afghan and foreign troops clashed with Taliban fighters in Uruzgan province on Monday, leaving 11 militants dead and five policemen wounded, said Juma Gul Himat, the provincial police chief. Two of the wounded officers were in critical condition. The clash in Uruzgan province started on Sunday, when the joint force targeted the militants near the provincial capital of Tirin Kot, Himat said. Also Monday, in neighboring Kandahar province, militants ambushed a police patrol in Panjwayi district, said Abduallah Khan, the deputy provincial police chief. The officers fired back and killed five of the attackers, Khan said. No police were wounded, he said.