NATO kills 20 insurgents in eastern Afghanistan

NATO killed more than 20 insurgents in fighting in eastern Afghanistan.

Kandahar: NATO troops have killed more than 20 insurgents in fighting in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday after a patrol came under fire, the coalition said.

Saturday`s gunbattle between NATO forces and insurgents took place in the Tagab district of Kapisa province, where
coalition forces called in air support after their patrol came under fire, NATO said. It added that Taliban commanders were among the more than 20 insurgents killed.

The fighting came a day after more than five insurgents were killed in a three-hour firefight in the same district following sniper fire on Afghan and international forces manning a checkpoint, NATO said.

The coalition did not say what nationality the international troops were, but French forces are stationed in the area.

About 3,850 French troops are deployed in Afghanistan, mainly in Kapisa and the Surobi district north and east of Kabul. A French soldier was killed Friday after a reconnaissance mission came under fire in the neighboring district of Alasay in Kapisa, bringing the total number of French soldiers killed in Afghanistan since 2001 to 51.

Separately NATO said a coalition soldier was killed in an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan today, but it did not release the nationality of the casualty or the location of the attack.
Another soldier died of a noncombat injury in the north of the country on Friday, NATO said. The German military said one of its soldiers, a 21-year-old, died of a gunshot wound that appeared to be the result of an accident at a military post in Baghlan Province, but the matter was being investigated.
More than 670 international troops have died in Afghanistan so far this year. Germany currently has nearly 4,700 troops serving in Afghanistan and plans to start gradually withdrawing in late 2011.

Bureau Report