Afghanistan helicopter crash kills nine Nato troops


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Nine members of the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force have been killed in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan, officials say.

One Nato soldier, an Afghan soldier and a US civilian were also injured, an Isaf statement said. The nationalities of the Nato personnel are not known.

It is not yet clear what caused the crash, but Isaf said there was no enemy fire where the aircraft came down.


* September 2010: Nine Nato troops killed after helicopter crashes in south of country
* June 2010: Four Nato troops killed after aircraft is shot down in Helmand province
* April 2010: Three US troops die after helicopter crashes in Zabul. Taliban claim they shot it
* October 2009: Two helicopter crashes kill 11 US soldiers and three US civilians
* July 2009: Civilian helicopter crash in Kandahar kills 16 people; Insurgent involvement ruled out
* May 2007: Nato Chinook crashes in Helmand, killing seven; Nato says Taliban possibly shot it
* June 2005: Sixteen US soldiers killed after Taliban rocket hits Chinook in Kunar

At least 529 foreign troops have been killed so far this year in Afghanistan.

This makes 2010 the deadliest year since the US-led invasion in 2001, according to figures collated by the website iCasualties.

Isaf did not give the exact location of Tuesday's incident in its statement, adding that the nationalities of those involved will not be released until their relatives have been contacted.

"The cause of the crash is under investigation," it said. "There are no reports of enemy fire in the area."

That there were no reports of insurgent activity in the area which would suggest the helicopter was not shot down, says the BBC's Ian Pannell in Kabul, although the cause of the crash has yet to be determined.

The three injured have been taken to an Isaf medical facility for treatment. An Isaf spokesman said more information would be released later.

There are almost 150,000 foreign troops fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, supporting about 300,000 Afghan security forces.

BBC News - Afghanistan helicopter crash kills nine Nato troops