55 Taliban killed in clashes, Afghan police say

Afghan and foreign troops called in air strikes after clashing with suspected Taliban militants in southern Afghanistan, leaving some 55 insurgents dead, police said Wednesday. The joint force battled militants, killing 50, in the mountainous area in Charchino district, Uruzgan province, late Tuesday, said Juma Gul Himat, the provincial police chief. Separately, five militants were killed when Afghan troops clashed with militants in Uruzgan's Dihrawud district also Tuesday, Himat said.