Afghan, NATO troops kill 23 Taliban fighters
Afghan and NATO troops killed 23 Taliban fighters in eastern Afghanistan, the Interior Ministry said Wednesday, dpa reported.
The joint operation was conducted on Tuesday in Sajawand village of Baraki Bark district in Logar province.
"Twenty-six other armed Taliban were arrested," the ministry said in a statement.
A spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force called it an "Afghan-led operation" supported by coalition troops.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said 12 of the movement's fighters were killed.
In an online statement, the Taliban said 28 Afghan civilians were killed by NATO's bombardment of the village.
"We are aware of civilian causalities allegation, and we take such allegations very seriously," NATO spokesman Captain Luca Carnael said.