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

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