Two NATO Soldiers Killed in Afghan Helo Crash


KABUL- Two NATO-led troops were killed when a helicopter crashed Wednesday in eastern Afghanistan, the military said.

"I can confirm that a helicopter crashed this afternoon in Logar province, in which two international security assistance force service members were killed," spokesman Lt Col Hagen Messer said.

Local officials said the aircraft made a forced landing in an area during heavy gunfire between Taliban fighters and coalition forces.

"A small NATO helicopter flying on the battlefield made a forced landing when one of its pilots was injured in the hand by a bullet shot by the insurgents," Logar police chief Ghulam Sakhi Rogh Lewanay said.

The Taliban claimed their fighters shot down two NATO helicopters in an area near the provincial capital Pul-e-Alam.

"A bomber helicopter and a small Chinook were downed by the mujahideen shooting, in which 21 American soldiers have been killed," rebel spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.

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