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KABUL (AFP) - US-led and Afghan troops killed five suspected militants during "complex operations" targeting rebels in southern Afghanistan , according to US forces.
The rebels were shot dead as soldiers searched compounds in the province of Kandahar where troops found and "protected" 150 civilians, including 50 children, the US-led force said in a statement.
The militants were killed after refusing orders to evacuate buildings in the Taliban flashpoint of Zhari district.