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Last Updated: Saturday, 8 July 2006, 18:35 GMT 19:35 UK
'Taleban killed' in Afghan clash
Coalition troops patrol in Kandahar
Coalition troops in Kandahar are battling a revitalised Taleban
US-led forces in Afghanistan say they have killed 10 suspected Taleban militants in the south of the country.

A coalition spokesman said eight of its soldiers and one Afghan army soldier had been wounded in the battle in Kandahar province.

Meanwhile a Peruvian serving with Spanish peacekeepers was killed and four injured in a separate explosion.

Afghanistan has seen an upsurge in violence by the Taleban and their allies this year, with hundreds killed.

The fighting in the south is part of a massive operation by coalition forces to flush out militants.

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The BBC's Mark Dummett in Kabul says the US-led coalition and their Afghan army allies are currently involved in the biggest anti-Taleban campaign since the militants were ousted in 2001.

A coalition spokesman said its forces were engaged in numerous fights with Taleban militants in the Panjwayi district of Kandahar.

One militant was also injured in the latest battle on Saturday morning.

The Canadian military said two of its soldiers had been injured, but there has been no word on the nationality of the other six. Canada and the US have the largest foreign contingents in the province.

The Spanish soldiers were targeted by a suspected roadside bomb near Farah, in the west of the country.

A Peruvian serving with the Spanish army died as he was being transferred to hospital.

"The incident happened when the soldiers were out on patrol ... We are trying to find out whether the explosion was a mine or an intentionally detonated device," said a Spanish defence ministry spokesperson.

Spain has 680 troops based in Herat.

The coalition says hundreds of people have died in the ongoing operations in southern Afghanistan, most of them Taleban fighters.

In the neighbouring Helmand province, British forces have lost six soldiers in the past month, prompting calls in the UK for extra troops.


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