NATO: Coalition helicopter crashes in Afghanistan

Pan.bg 26 апр 2011 | 11:04 views (2249) commentaries(0)
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A member of the coalition force in Afghanistan died Saturday after his helicopter Bell OH-58 Kiowa crashed, the military said, as two Afghan policemen died in a separate Taliban ambush, AFP reported. The helicopter went down after apparently hitting a cable connecting two mountains in Kapisa province, northeast of the capital Kabul.
International troops came under fire from insurgents as they arrived at the scene to rescue two crew members, NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.
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"The two crew members were recovered by coalition forces, one died at the scene from injuries received in the crash," it said in a statement.
The helicopter hit a cable, said Kapisa deputy provincial governor Aziz Ul Rahman.
"Initial information we have says that the helicopter of the foreign forces has hit a cable that the local people in Alasay district had erected between two mountains to ferry rocks," he said.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed its forces had shot down the helicopter, killing all those aboard. The militants are known frequently to exaggerate their claims.




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