NATO confirms helicopter crash in S. Afghanistan, Taliban claim responsibility

20:10, August 05, 2010      

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NATO-led forces in south Afghanistan has confirmed that a chopper of the alliance crashed in Taliban birthplace Kandahar in south Afghanistan on Thursday, but caused no loss of life.

"A helicopter of NATO-led forces made emergency landing in Panjwai district after developing technical problems and later on caught fire," a spokesman of the military alliance in southern region Richard McMorton told Xinhua.

He also emphasized that there were no casualties on the crew and service members aboard.

Meantime, a Taliban spokesman Qari Yusuf Ahmadi in talks with media via telephone from unknown location claimed responsibility for the incident, saying the insurgents shot the chopper down by a rocket-propelled grenade, killing all aboard.

The incident, according an eye witness named Abdul Rahman, occurred at around 02:00 p.m. local time outside Panjwai bazaar and the chopper caught fire and was destroyed.

Spokesman of Kandahar provincial administration Zalmai Ayubi in talks with Xinhua confirmed the incident and adding there were no casualties.

Source: Xinhua


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