| GEO World|
| Troops kill 20 Afghan insurgents: US military|
| Updated at: 1153 PST, Saturday, April 04, 2009|
KABUL: Afghan and US-led troops killed 20 insurgents in ground fighting and air strikes in the southern province of Helmand, the US military said Saturday.
The clashes erupted Friday in the strategic Kajaki district after a patrol was ambushed, it said in a statement. "The combined forces returned fire with small-arms fire and called for close air support destroying six enemy fighting positions and killing 20 insurgents," it said.
Afghan and international troops are working together to fight Taliban-led insurgents who control large swathes of Afghanistan, notably in southern provinces like Helmand.