Afghan, NATO forces kill more than 20 militants

KABUL, Afghanistan: Afghan and NATO military officials say they have killed more than 20insurgents in a joint operation in eastern Afghanistan.

Provincial government spokesman Din Mohammad Darwesh said the 2-day operation that ended Tuesday night in Logar province also killed a local Taliban commander.

He says two civilians were wounded in Baraki Barak district. There were no immediate reports of Afghan or international forces deaths.

The NATO military coalition says in a statement that the troops killed 24 insurgents as part of the operation that rescued two captured Afghan soldiers. Afghan officials gave varying numbers of 23 to 26 militants killed.