| GEO World|
| 21 militants killed in Afghan operations|
| Updated at: 1104 PST, Monday, December 21, 2009|
KABUL: The Afghan Defense Ministry says 21 militants have been killed in three separate operations in the Central Asian country's fight to combat the resurgent Taliban.
The ministry said in a statement that attacks by Afghan and NATO forces on Sunday killed eight insurgents in southern Helmand province and six in eastern Ghazni province.
Afghan forces also killed seven militants in northern Kunduz province on Sunday. The ministry did not report any casualties for Afghan or NATO forces, and did not go into detail about the attacks.