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Helicopter crash in Afghanistan kills five American NATO soldiers

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 11:16

Zeenews Bureau

Kabul: A helicopter crashed near Kandahar province of Afghanistan on Tuesday killing five NATO coalition troops.

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement that there was "no enemy activity" in the area where the helicopter crashed down.

The helicopter went down in Daman district of Kandahar province in Soutrhern Afghanistan.

The US later said that all five dead were American and that the crash was caused by a rainstorm, reported the BBC.

The NATO-led ISAF coalition relies mainly on aerial routes to commute and crashes have been reported regularly.

A Black Hawk helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan last year killing 11 service members.

In March 2012, a helicopter crashed near the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing 12 Turkish soldiers on board and four Afghan civilians on the ground, officials said. And in August 2011, insurgents shot down a Chinook helicopter, killing 30 American troops, mostly elite Navy SEALs, in Wardak province in central Afghanistan.

First Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 11:15
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