KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan and U.S.-led coalition forces killed several Taliban insurgents and discovered cave complexes containing three car bombs and other explosive materials in southern Afghanistan, the coalition said Wednesday.
In southwestern Nimroz province, meanwhile, Taliban militants attacked a police checkpoint Tuesday night, and the ensuing two-hour gunbattle left three policemen dead, said provincial Gov. Ghulam Dastagir Azad.
In southern Helmand province, Afghan and coalition forces were patrolling northeast of Gereshk district when Taliban fighters fired on them Sunday with small arms, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars, a coalition statement said.
The Afghan and coalition troops returned fire and called in airstrikes, killing "several insurgents," the statement said. It did not give further details.
In a separate operation late last week in the southern province of Zabul, Afghan and coalition troops searched compounds and caves where they discovered a large weapons cache, another coalition statement said.
It said the cache included bomb-making materials and three car bombs.
Airstrikes were used to destroy the complex and ammunition storage areas, the statement said.
It said seven insurgents were arrested.
Last year Afghanistan experienced its deadliest violence since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion. More than 6,500 people — mostly militants — were killed in insurgency-related violence, according to an Associated Press count.