NATO: Coalition Forces Kill Nearly 100 Afghan Insurgents
NATO: Coalition Forces Kill Nearly 100 Afghan Insurgents

NATO and Afghan officials say more than 90 insurgents have been killed during heavy fighting in southern Afghanistan.

The officials say at least 78 insurgents were killed Saturday as coalition forces repelled an attack on a NATO outpost in southeastern Paktika province.  Five NATO troops were injured in the fighting.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force says troops called in airstrikes that helped beat back the assault.

In a separate incident, an Afghan official says NATO and Afghan forces killed 17 insurgents during an operation in Helmand province Saturday.  A provincial government spokesman says the fighting the Deshu district lasted about 12 hours.

Also, NATO says a senior Taliban leader, Mullah Abdullah Kakar, was killed during an airstrike in southern Zabul province on Thursday.

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