KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Afghan troops clashed with Taliban insurgents attacking a supply convoy, killing nine militants, officials said yesterday, while roadside bombs killed a NATO soldier in a separate convoy and four police officers.
The violence occurred as Barack Obama arrived in Kabul for his first visit to Afghanistan.
The militants were killed after they attacked a supply convoy for NATO-led troops in Zabul Province, said provincial police official Jalali Khan. There were no casualties among the Afghan troops, he said.
In neighboring Kandahar Province, a blast struck a police patrol in Maywand district, killing four officers and wounding another, said Khan Mohammad, a police official.
Another bomb struck a NATO convoy in Kandahar's Panjwayi district, killing a soldier, NATO's press office in Kabul said. NATO did not release the dead soldier's nationality or say how many were wounded. Most of the troops in the area are Canadian.
Southern Afghanistan is the center of the country's Taliban-led insurgency. More than 2,500 people - mostly militants - have died in insurgency-related violence this year in Afghanistan, according to an Associated Press tally of official figures.
In northwestern Pakistan, at least 10 Taliban died in fierce fighting between two rival militant groups, a government official and Taliban spokesman said yesterday.
Hundreds of supporters of top Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud clashed Friday with a breakaway faction of the group in the Mohmand tribal region, said local administrator Syed Ali.
He said both sides used rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons in the fighting.