30 Afghan insurgents killed
The Afghan Interior Ministry says security forces have killed 30 suspected insurgents in a series of clashes around the country.
A ministry statement says the army, police and NATO troops launched a total of 11 operations in the past 24 hours across Afghanistan. It says seven insurgents were arrested.
Sunday's statement says the killed insurgents were armed and that weapons were recovered in the operations.
Separately, NATO says one of its helicopters crash landed in Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand province on Sunday, December 25, 2011 after taking small-arms fire from the ground. There were no injuries among the crew.
NATO relies on helicopters to avoid using roads that are frequently mined by the insurgents. - Sapa-AP