On Saturday, Afghan official said that near the border with Pakistan eighty Taliban rebels were killed during a failed attack on a Nato combat outpost.
Spokesman for the governor of eastern Paktika province, Mukhlis Afghan said, “Fresh information that we received from intelligence sources shows that 80 Taliban have been killed. The bodies of the militants were left on the battlefield”.
Nato’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement that the rebels launched the attack at 1.30 am on Saturday “from all directions” using rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and small arms fire.
It said, 5 ISAF soldiers were also wounded.
It said: “The coalition forces called for air weapons team and close-air support during the engagement. A coalition aircraft engaged an insurgent firing position with three precision-guided munitions”,
“The air weapons team also engaged a large number of insurgents near the outpost,”
Adding: “Initial operational reporting indicates more than 30 insurgents were killed in the failed attack on the outpost”.