14 militants killed in attack on Afghan-NATO camp

Insurgents attacked a NATO and Afghan army outpost in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistan border and at least 14 of the militants were killed in the resulting skirmish, officials said on Wednesday.

Last Updated: Sep 22, 2010, 23:39 PM IST

Kabul: Insurgents attacked a NATO and
Afghan army outpost in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistan
border and at least 14 of the militants were killed in the
resulting skirmish, officials said on Wednesday.

Troops at the combat outpost in Spera district of Khost
province returned fire with mortars late yesterday, killing 14
insurgents, NATO said in a statement. Initial reports found
there were no civilian casualties, it said.
Gen Raz Mohmmad Horya Khil, a senior commander of the
Afghan National Army in the province, said 29 insurgents were
killed. There were no casualties among NATO or Afghan troops,
he said.

Horya Khil said the attack, coming from the Pakistan
side of the border, was directed at the Mir Safar joint-NATO
and Afghan army camp and lasted for more than two hours.
Helicopters were called in to provide support.

Bodies and weapons on the field were being recovered, he
said.
On Wednesday, a NATO service member was killed by a
homemade bomb in southern Afghanistan.

NATO provided no further details, but the Danish
military announced in Copenhagen that the bomb blast killed a
Danish soldier and seriously injured another. The two members
of the Royal Life Guards were on foot patrol in Helmand
province when the bomb went off, it said.

Denmark has lost more than 30 soldiers in Afghanistan
since it joined the coalition in 2002.

The Scandinavian country has more than 700 troops
serving in the NATO-led force. Most are based in Helmand
province.

PTI