8 Taliban killed in clash with police in southern Afghanistan

A clash between police and the Taliban in a mountainous area of southern Afghanistan left eight militants dead and three officers wounded, a police chief said Monday. The battle in Dihrawud district of Uruzgan province started Saturday and carried over into Sunday, said Juma Gul Himat, a provincial police chief. The authorities recovered the bodies of the dead militants alongside their weapons, Himat said. An Associated Press count based on official figures found that more than 6,500 people - mostly militants - died in insurgency-related violence in Afghanistan during 2007, the deadliest year since the 2001 ouster of the Taliban regime.