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NATO helicopter crashes in E. Afghanistan

07-25-2011 14:36 BJT

KABUL, July 25 (Xinhua) -- A NATO helicopter crashed on Monday in eastern Afghanistan, the military alliance said.

"An International Security Assistance Force helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan today,"said a statement issued by NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) here.

As coalition rescue forces approached the crash site, they came under enemy fire, the statement added.

"Coalition forces returned fire, with small arms, while working to secure the site of the crash. All passengers and crew members have been secured and safely transported to a nearby base," according to statement.

The statement did not give more details, only saying that ISAF is currently assessing the incident to determine further facts.

Meantime, an Afghan police official in eastern Kunar province who declined to be named said that chopper crashed in Manogai district of eastern Kunar province in the wee hours on Monday.

On the other hand, Taliban insurgents claimed of responsibility.

Zabihullah Mujahid who claims to speak for the Taliban told local media that the outfit fighters shot down a foreign troops' helicopter, killing all people on board.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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