Afghanistan: 50 suspected Taliban killed or wounded, army says

A six-hour battle in southern Afghanistan left over 50 Taliban fighters killed or wounded, while a suicide bomber targeting a police patrol left three civilians dead, officials said Monday. US-led coalition forces raided a compound in the northeast suspected of housing al-Qaida facilitators, killing several militants on Sunday, a coalition statement said. In the south, NATO-led troops and Afghan army soldiers launched an attack in Baluch village in Uruzgan province during a gathering of local Taliban on Sunday, said Juma Gul Himat, the provincial police chief.