NATO's chopper makes emergency landing in N. Afghanistan

15:07, April 26, 2010      

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A helicopter of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) made an emergency landing in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province Monday morning but caused no casualties, an official said.

A German military officer with the press office of Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) of ISAF in Kunduz told Xinhua that the helicopter made an emergency landing after came under enemies' hostile fire in Auterbolaq area of Dasht-e-Archi district in the wee hours of Monday.

The officer who introduced himself only with one name Weber said that initial reports indicated there were no injuries among those on board.

Earlier a Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid via cell phone form undisclosed location told media that Taliban fighters shot down a helicopter of international troops in Kunduz.

Taliban insurgents, whose regime was collapsed in a U.S.-led military campaign in late 2001, made a bloody comeback in their traditional hotbed southern Afghanistan four years ago have been attempting to infiltrate to relatively peaceful northern provinces.

Currently there are over 120,000 NATO-led ISAF with nearly 70, 000 of them U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan to help stabilize the militancy-hit country.

Source: Xinhua


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