Diplomatic and Military Affairs

NATO chopper crashes in Afghanistan

Updated: 2011-04-23 13:18


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KABUL - A helicopter of NATO-led forces crashed on Saturday morning in Afghanistan's Kapisa province, some 65 km north of capital city of Kabul, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement.

"A coalition forces helicopter suffered a hard landing in Alah Say district of Kapisa province in eastern Afghanistan today," said the statement released here by the ISAF.

However, the brief statement did not provide details whether any service members receive injuries in the incident, saying "Coalition forces have recovered both crew members."

The statement also said the incident is currently under investigation.  

Meantime, Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the incident.  

A Taliban purported spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in talks with media via telephone from an undisclosed location that the militants shot down a chopper in Kapisa province killing several foreign troops on board.

The Alah Say and neighboring Nijrab district, branded as the" Taliban stronghold" in Kapisa, has been the scene of fierce fighting between Taliban insurgents and security forces over the past couple of weeks.  

Over 15 Taliban militants including an insurgent shadowy governor for Kapisa province had been killed by security forces in Alah Say and Nijrab earlier this month.


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