Coalition forces operating at Kabul's airport on September 2 (epa)
September 4, 2006 -- Suspected Taliban rebels attacked a town in Afghanistan's southern Helmand Province overnight, sparking an intense battle in which 16 militants and three police officers were killed.
Provincial police chief Mohammad Nabi Mullahkhail said 10 Taliban were also wounded in the fighting in Garmser district.
In Kabul, NATO says a car bomb exploded near a NATO convoy, killing at least four Afghan civilians and wounding four NATO troops. It was not immediately clear if the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.
In Kandahar Province, NATO warplanes killed one soldier of the alliance and wounded several others in a friendly-fire accident early today.
NATO says the troops were involved in the Medusa Operation under way in Panjwayi district.
Four Canadian soldiers involved in the operation were killed on September 3 . NATO estimates that more than 200 Taliban have been killed since the operation began on September 2.
(AFP, AP, Reuters)