| GEO World|
| NATO air strike kills Taliban, Arab fighters|
| Updated at: 1344 PST, Tuesday, February 16, 2010|
KANDAHAR: A Taliban commander and four Arab fighters have been killed in a NATO air strike on a district in southern Afghanistan controlled by the militants, officials said Tuesday.
NATO planes targeted Sarraj-Uddin, also known as Hikmat Minhaj and said to have been a coordinator of foreign fighters for the Taliban, in the southern province of Helmand, provincial spokesman Daud Ahmadi said.
The strike in the Washer district on Monday killed Minhaj and four Arabs who were in a car at the time, Ahmadi told foreign news agency. NATO had no immediate comment.
"The commander along with four Arab fighters were all killed in the NATO air attack," Ahmadi said.