Accessibility links

Breaking News

NATO Helicopter Crashes In East Afghanistan

A Taliban spokesman claimed the helicopter was shot down by rocket fire and burst into flames.
The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan says one of its helicopters has crashed in eastern Afghanistan but there were no fatalities.

An ISAF statement says an investigation is under way to determine the cause of the February 7 crash.

It provided no further details on the incident.

An ISAF spokesman told the AFP news agency that initial reports indicates there was no enemy activity at the time of the crash.

A Taliban spokesman told AFP in a text message that the helicopter was shot down by rocket fire in the Tagab district of Kapisa Province and burst into flames.

He claimed all onboard were killed.

Kapisa Province Governor Mehrabuddin Safi said the incident happened in an area where a "clearance operation was ongoing" against militants.

With reporting by AFP
  • 16x9 Image


    RFE/RL journalists report the news in 27 languages in 23 countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established. We provide what many people cannot get locally: uncensored news, responsible discussion, and open debate.