4 NATO Troops, 10 Insurgents Killed in Afghanistan

Posted September 18th, 2011 at 9:50 pm (UTC-5)
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NATO said Sunday that four of its service members died in separate attacks in southern Afghanistan, while a joint NATO-Afghan patrol killed more than 10 insurgents in a raid on a narcotics laboratory in southern Helmand province.

NATO said roadside bombings killed three of its troops Sunday, while the fourth died in an insurgent attack Saturday. It did not disclose the nationality of the service members.

The narcotics raid took place in the Baghran district of Helmand province. The alliance described the laboratory as one of the biggest heroin-producing facilities to be destroyed in Afghanistan in the past five years. It contained more than 5 tons of chemicals used in processing heroin, more than 16,000 liters of morphine solution, 15 kilograms of wet opium and four kilograms of pure heroin.

The Afghan Interior Ministry said government forces and their NATO allies killed 49 insurgents and detained 25 others in a series of battles across Afghanistan since Saturday. It said two Afghan policemen also were killed in the fighting.

In eastern Logar province Sunday, a rocket struck a school, killing a boy and wounding 10 other students. It was not clear who fired the rocket.