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Dozens of insurgents killed in Afghan operation, officials say

Forty-one insurgents were killed in what Canadian forces are hailing as a successful military operation in the volatile Zhari district of southern Afghanistan.

Forty-one insurgents were killed in what Canadian forces arehailing asa successful military operation in the volatile Zhari district of southern Afghanistan.

Backed by NATO air power, Canadian, British and Afghan troops took part in Operation Tereh Toora, which means Operation Sharp Sword, military officials said.

The soldiers also uncovered a large weapons cache.

Few details were being provided but NATO officials said they did not believe any coalition forces suffered casualties.

More details were expected to be releasedduring a military briefing on Monday.

Canada has some 2,500 troops in Afghanistan, the majority in the southern province of Kandahar.

Seventy-three Canadian soldiers have died in Afghanistan since the combat mission began in 2002.