24 killed in clashes in Helmand
An Afghan official said 22 insurgents and two police officers have died in clashes in Helmand province in the country's volatile south west.
Nato and Afghan forces have engaged in fierce clashes with Taliban fighters across the province in recent weeks.
A statement on Tuesday from the office of Helmand's governor, Gulab Mangal, said the latest clashes took place late on Monday in central and northern Helmand.
It said 22 insurgents were killed in the fighting in two separate locations. Two Afghan police officers were also killed and eight insurgents were wounded in one of the clashes.
The statement also said that two boys died in a separate incident in Helmand after stepping on a roadside bomb.