NATO helicopter crashes in eastern Afghanistan

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed the group`s insurgents shot the helicopter down.

Kabul: NATO forces say that one of their helicopters has crashed in eastern Afghanistan. Taliban insurgents claim to have shot the craft down.

The international military coalition says in a statement that it is investigating the cause of Monday`s crash. NATO says rescue forces came under fire from insurgents but had safely moved all crew and passengers to a nearby base by early morning.

Kunar provincial spokesman Safiullah Wasifullah Wasify says the helicopter went down before dawn in Kunar`s remote mountainous Chapa Dara district. He says that his report showed it was shot down by a rocket.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said that troops were dropping out of the helicopter for an assault on the militant group when they shot the helicopter down.

Bureau Report