updated 7/29/2006 11:32:52 AM ET 2006-07-29T15:32:52

U.S.-led coalition forces and Afghan police killed or wounded 18 suspected Taliban militants in fighting which also left two policemen dead, officials said Saturday.

Fourteen militants were killed or injured by airstrikes and artillery in Garmser district of the southern Helmand province on Thursday, said provincial police chief Ghulam Nabi Malakhel.

District chief Ghulam Rasool said there was more fighting between militants and police on Saturday but he had no information on any casualties.

Four other suspected Taliban were killed in the Tagab district of the northeastern Kapisa province Thursday, after militants fatally shot a policeman and wounded three, said Yousef Stanezai, spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior.

A militant ambush in the same district later killed another policeman, and police later arrested two suspected Taliban for the shooting.

On Saturday, police arrested four militants in the eastern Paktia province, Stanezai said.

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