NATO and Afghan troops clashed with suspected insurgents Monday in southern Afghanistan, shortly before calling in an airstrike on a compound that left two of the insurgents dead, a spokesman said.
The clash started when gunmen opened fire and lobbed mortars toward NATO and Afghan troops in the Gereshk district of Helmand province, said Squadron Leader Dave Marsh, a spokesman for NATO's International Security Assistance Force.
Two Afghans and one NATO soldier were lightly wounded in the clash, Marsh said.
The violence comes a week after NATO-led troops launched their biggest offensive yet in Helmand, aimed at winning over a population long supportive of militant fighters.
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