NATO chopper crashes in E. Afghanistan, soldier killed

07:55, May 27, 2011      

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A NATO soldier was killed in Afghanistan when a helicopter crashed in the eastern part of the country on Thursday, the military alliance said in a statement.

"An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service member died following a helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan today," said a statement of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) released here.

However, the brief statement did not disclose the nationality of the victim and cause of the incident, saying "The cause of the crash is currently unknown and under investigation."

Troops mostly from the United States have been stationed in eastern Afghanistan within the framework of ISAF to fight Taliban- linked insurgency there.

Over 190 NATO soldiers, most of them Americans, have been killed in Afghanistan since beginning of this year.

Afghan soldiers and police, backed by NATO-led ISAF air power, recaptured on Wednesday the control of Duab district in eastern Afghanistan's mountainous Nuristan province shortly after Taliban overrun the district.

Source: Xinhua
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