Officials from the International Security Assistance Force say a NATO soldier was killed Saturday during fighting in southern Afghanistan.

NATO officials say four others were wounded in the clash.

Earlier today, the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan said several al-Qaida and Taleban fighters were killed in a gunbattle also in the country's south.

Officials say coalition and Afghan troops came under attack as they approached two compounds in Zabul province where militants were thought to live.

The military says several militant fighters were killed and five were detained in the battle.  Officials said a cache of weapons was discovered and destroyed.

Elsewhere, a local official in Laghman province said a roadside bomb killed a policeman and wounded three others Friday evening.

Violence has increased in recent weeks in southern and eastern Afghanistan, where Taleban insurgents are particularly active. 

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.