District Governor Fazel Bari says the battle took place on February 27.
The fighting came after purported Taliban members claimed responsibility for a bomb attack on the same day on a U.S. air base during a visit by U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney.
An Interior Ministry spokesman says 20 people were killed in the attack, including four foreigners.
The Afghan Insurgency
A U.S. military vehicle damaged by insurgents near Kandahar (epa)
HOMEGROWN OR IMPORTED? As attacks against Afghan and international forces continue relentlessly, RFE/RL hosted a briefing to discuss the nature of the Afghan insurgency. The discussion featured Marvin Weinbaum, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and RFE/RL Afghanistan analyst Amin Tarzi.
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