Taliban leader who downed US chopper held
Kabul: A Taliban leader responsible for shooting down a US helicopter that killed two US servicemen in Afghanistan earlier this month has been arrested by the NATO-led coalition troops, a statement said Sunday.
"An Afghan and coalition security force today (Sunday) arrested the Taliban leader responsible for the death of two American service members following a Sep 5 helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan," Xinhua quoted a NATO-led ISAF statement as saying.
No civilians were harmed during the operation, the statement said.
The Taliban leader - who was not named - and his insurgent cell coordinated the attack that downed an OH-58 Kiowa helicopter, killing both service members onboard, it said.
Up to 10 NATO and US helicopters have gone down this year, leaving around three dozen soldiers and eight Afghans dead.