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25 killed in Afghanistan clash

By Xinhua

Kabul : Eight Afghan policemen and 17 Taliban insurgents were killed in a conflict in Afghanistan's western Farah province, the US-led coalition forces said Sunday.

Several militants attacked the Bakwa district centre Saturday afternoon and the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) reached the centre at night to assist in providing security, a statement by the coalition forces said.

"Seventeen insurgents were killed in action and eight Afghan policemen also died," it added.

The insurgents also burnt four police vehicles.

About 13,000 coalition troops and 37,000 ISAF soldiers are being deployed in Afghanistan to fight militants and facilitate reconstruction.

Due to rising Taliban-linked insurgency, over 1,100 people, mostly Taliban rebels have been killed in Afghanistan this year.