Monday, June 6, 2011

Reported drop of NATO helicopter in Afghanistan

Two soldiers from the NATO-led force in Afghanistan were killed when a helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan, an action which the Taliban claimed, local media reported. "I can confirm that a helicopter has crashed in eastern Afghanistan," said the biggest Tim James, a spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) under NATO command.

"We have no indication that register some kind of enemy activity in the area when the plane went down," he said. In a statement issued by NATO ruled out the involvement of insurgents "in the incident, saying that" the cause of the accident is under investigation. However, Taliban rebels claimed responsibility for the incident, Afghan news agency reported PAN (Pajhwok Afghan News).

The helicopter crashed in an area of the Sabari district of eastern Khost province near the Pakistan border. The day before, at least four members of NATO were killed when a bomb exploded in eastern Afghanistan, ISAF officials said. All were killed when the blast hit the vehicle they were traveling, said the biggest Tim James.

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