Air strike in southern Afghanistan kills 3 militants

An airstrike in southern Afghanistan killed three armed militants, and a raid by US-led coalition troops in the same region left several insurgents dead, officials said Thursday. The airstrike Wednesday killed militants north of Kandahar city, the capital of the southern Kandahar province, deputy provincial chief Amanullah Khan said. In neighboring Helmand province, US-led coalition troops killed several insurgents during a Tuesday raid targeting a Taliban commander in Kajaki district, the coalition said in a statement. The insurgents fired on the coalition soldiers and the troops returned fire, killing "a number" of militants and detaining four others, the statement said.