Children among scores killed in country’s deadliest suicide bombing.
The troops were raiding compounds suspected of housing bomb makers in Garmser when fighters attacked them with heavy fire, according to the statement.
The soldiers responded with small-arms fire, killing several fighters, it said.
“During one of the engagements, several militants barricaded themselves in a building on the compound and engaged coalition forces with a high volume of gunfire. Coalition forces used a single grenade which killed the attacking militants,” the statement said.
“The building the militants were fighting from collapsed.”
After the clash, troops recovered the bodies of a woman and two children from the collapsed building, along with several fighters and their weapons, it said.
It was not possible to verify the multinational-force claims.
Qari Yousef Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, said that only three fighters were killed during the battle and 15 other victims were civilians.
“Two ISAF soldiers were killed in an IED (improvised explosive device) attack. One soldier was wounded,” Major Christine Nelson-Chung, International Security Assistance Force spokeswoman, said.
She refused to give further details, including the nationality of the casualties or the location of the blast.
But Farooq Sangari, the deputy provincial police chief of the province of Paktika, said the blast struck a Nato vehicle in Bermal district and that an Afghan interpreter was also killed.
The attack came three days after six Nato troops and two Afghan soldiers were slain in an ambush in northeastern Afghanistan.
Elsewhere in the country, four police officers were killed in an ambush on Sunday.