Afghan civilian shot by NATO forces

Twelve people killed in southern Afghanistan Kabul- An Afghan civilian was shot dead by NATO-led troops near Kabul while an alliance soldier and 10 Taliban militants were killed in separate incidents elsewhere in the country, officials said Wednesday. Soldiers in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) killed the civilian Tuesday when he failed to stop at a checkpoint in the Sayed Abad district in the central province of Wardak despite several verbal and visual signals, an ISAF statement said.

The man died later in hospital.

Meanwhile, an ISAF soldier was killed in southern Afghanistan Tuesday, the alliance said, but did not disclose the soldier's nationality or cause of death.

In the central province of Logar, US-led troops and Afghan forces killed "an estimated 10 insurgents" in the Baraki Barak district Tuesday, the US military said in a statement.

Acting on intelligence that Taliban operatives were in the area, the combined forces engaged the militants near a targeted compound and inside the house, killing 10 rebels, it said.

Two other militants were detained during the operation while rocket-propelled grenades and hand grenades were seized, it said.

Logar province, which borders Kabul, has seen increased Taliban activity in the past year. More than 1,500 US troops were sent to the province in January to quell the insurgency there and prevent the rebels' advancement toward the capital.(dpa)