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Twelve Taliban, 10 Civilians Die In Afghan Clashes

KABUL (Reuters) -- U.S.-led and Afghan forces killed 12 Taliban militants in the southern province of Uruzgan, while militants killed 10 civilians in a nearby village, the U.S. military has said.

Violence has surged in the war-torn country with some 3,800 people killed in the conflict as of August this year, one-third of them civilians, according to the United Nations.

The combined forces were conducting a security patrol in Shahid Hasas district when they were attacked by militants with small-arms, mortar, and rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) fire, the U.S. military said in a statement.

Afghan National Security Forces responded with small-arms, RPG, and supporting fire, killing 12 militants, it said.

U.S.-led and Afghan soldiers were informed by villagers that 10 civilians were killed by militant fire in a nearby village, it said.

"The acts committed today are acts of terrorism against innocent civilians," said Uruzgan provincial governor Assadullah Hamdam.

Afghan and U.S.-led coalition forces did not report any casualties, the U.S. military said.