NATO helicopter crashes in Afghanistan

15:13, March 23, 2010      

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A helicopter of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) crashed in Afghanistan's Wardak province, 40 km west of capital Kabul, on Tuesday, killing one on board and wounding three others, spokesman for provincial administration Shahidullah Shahid said.

"This morning a chopper of NATO-led troops hit a mountain and crashed outside provincial capital Maidan Shahr. As a result one person aboard was killed and three others sustained injuries," Shahid told Xinhua.

The wreckage of the chopper, he added, is still in Bagh-e- Zanana area.

He also said that the helicopter possibly belonged to Turkish forces as a Turkish Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), a civilian-military unit involved mostly in reconstruction activities, is based there in Wardak province.

More than 1,000 Turkish forces have been serving in Afghanistan within the framework of NATO-led ISAF forces to help stabilize security in the post-Taliban country.

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