NATO says its troops have killed 10 insurgents, including a senior commander in southern Afghanistan.

NATO said Monday its troops targeted the compound of insurgent leader Maulawi Hassan in Helmand province. He and nine associates were killed.

The attack took place Saturday.

NATO says Hassan was a senior insurgent figure in northern Helmand.

Two NATO soldiers and a contractor were killed Sunday in the same region.

Southern Afghanistan is the center of the Taliban insurgency, where thousands of new U.S. troops will deploy later this year to try reverse militant gains.