Nine US soldiers killed in Afghan helicopter crash: Official
Last Updated: Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 12:17
  
Washington: All nine NATO troops killed in a helicopter crash on Wednesday in southern Afghanistan were US soldiers, a defense official said.

"They were all Americans," the US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told a news agency.

There was no sign that the chopper came under hostile fire from insurgents, the official added.

In Kabul, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said the cause of the crash was "under investigation."

Another NATO soldier, an Afghan soldier and a US civilian were injured in the incident, ISAF said, The helicopter came down in the Daychopan district of Zabul province, said provincial spokesman Mohammad Jan Rasoulyar.

The Taliban, who have been waging an increasingly deadly insurgency against the Afghan government and foreign troops since the 2001 US-led invasion ousted them from power, immediately claimed responsibility.

Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi alleged the insurgents shot the helicopter down and killed "more than 10 foreign soldiers." The militia routinely exaggerate its claims. The crash toll made 2010 the deadliest year for international forces since the war began.

The incident brings to 529 the number of foreign troops killed this year, according to an AFP tally based on the count kept by icasualties.org, surpassing the previous record of 521 deaths in 2009.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 12:17


comments powered by Disqus