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Militants killed in Afghan battle

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  • Afghan and coalition forces kill several militants and detain 18 others
  • The operations took place in two volatile southern Afghan provinces
  • The U.S.-led coalitiontargeting is Taliban fighters in the country
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(CNN) -- Afghan and coalition forces killed several militants and detained at least 18 others on Wednesday during operations targeting Taliban fighters in two volatile southern Afghan provinces, the U.S.-led coalition said in statements issued on Thursday.

One incident took place in Uruzgan province. Afghan and coalition troops were conducting a search in an area "where intelligence sources indicated Taliban and IED cells linked to several previous attacks on Afghan and coalition forces were operating."

"Several armed militants" were killed in the operation and seven were detained. Military items such as ammunition vests and "a set of military-grade night vision goggles" were seized.

Another incident was in Zabul province, where troops were conducting an operation "to disrupt Taliban weapons and explosive material facilitators in the area."

During the operation, a firefight occurred. Two militants were killed and 11 others were detained. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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