Kabul: NATO says Afghan and coalition forces have killed at least 15 insurgents in eastern Afghanistan in an overnight operation.
A NATO statement says security forces were searching for a senior Taliban leader when they came under attack near a remote compound in Sherzad district of Nangarhar province on Friday night.
The Saturday`s statement says the insurgents died in the subsequent gunbattle.
NATO is trying to determine whether the Taliban leader the troops were searching for was among those killed.
Mohammad Hassan, a district chief in the area, gave a slightly higher estimate of the deaths. He says at least 18 Taliban were killed in the fighting, including a local commander.