Twenty-three rebels were killed and two policemen injured during operations and an airstrike in Qarabagh and Jaghatu districts of southern Ghazni province, officials said on Tuesday.
The governor’s spokesman, Shafiq Nang, said ISAF helicopters a rebel hideout in Qarabagh on Monday night before they could attack police check posts in, leaving 12 fighters dead, including some foreign nationals.
An area resident, Ahmad Khan, said several insurgents had entered a mosque on Monday night before moving to a nearby house, where they were killed in the bombardment.
Elsewhere, 11 militants and a policeman were killed and two more policemen wounded during a clash in the Torgan area of Jaghatu, the gubernatorial spokesman said.
The incident took place when the guerrillas stormed a convoy of vehicles carrying ballot boxes to Ghazni City, the provincial capital, he said.
Ghazni election commission head, Akhtar Mohammad, said the electoral materials were not damaged in the attack.