Vol. 5 Num 1046 Sat. May 12, 2007  

16 killed in fresh Afghan violence

Four policemen and a dozen Taliban were killed in fresh violence in southern Afghanistan, officials said Friday.

Ten militants were killed when war planes bombed a village in the southern province of Helmand, a district governor said.

The air strike was in Sangin district, where provincial authorities said 21 civilians were killed in coalition bombing raids targeting the Taliban late Tuesday.

Afghan and coalition forces estimate a "significant number of Taliban fighters" were killed, the US-led coalition said in a statement Friday. It said there were civilian casualties but the number was being investigated.

In a separate incident, four policemen and two more insurgents were killed when fighting erupted late Thursday after a group of the extremist militants attacked a police post, provincial police chief Ali Shah Ahmadi told AFP.