Four NATO troops killed in helicopter crash in S Afghanistan

19:26, June 09, 2010      

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A helicopter of NATO-led forces crashed in Sangin district of Helmand province in south Afghanistan on Wednesday, spokesman for provincial administration Daud Ahmadi said. "A chopter of international troops crashed in Sangin district at 12:00 noon today killing four aboard," Ahmadi told Xinhua. He did not provide more details.

The military said four NATO troops were killed in the crash.

Meantime, a Taliban purported spokesman Qari Yusuf Ahmadi claimed responsibility and told media via telephone from undisclosed location said the militants shot down the chopter in Helmand province.

Ahmadi also said it was a Chinook helicopter and crashed in Sangin bazaar.

Meantime, NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in a press release said that an ISAF service member died as a result of an improvised explosive device attack in south Afghanistan Wednesday. However, it did not disclose victim's nationality.

Militancy and conflicts have been on constant rise since spring onset in Afghanistan as both the security forces and Taliban militants have been trying to consolidate their positions.

Source: Xinhua


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