US helicopter ’shot down’ in Afghanistan

US helicopter ’shot down’ in Afghanistan
# 02 July 2010 00:47 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. Taliban militants say they have shot down a US helicopter in eastern Afghanistan, amid rising causalities among foreign forces in the country, APA reports quoting website.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the incident that took place in Jalalabad near the border with Pakistan on Thursday, a Press TV correspondent in Kabul reported.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, said a number of foreign soldiers have been killed in the attack.

However, there was no confirmation of the death toll by independent sources.

The attack comes a day after the militants targeted a US military air base in the same volatile region.

Taliban have reportedly shot down several NATO helicopters over the past months in different parts of Afghanistan.

There are currently over 140,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan, and the US and its NATO allies have announced the imminent deployment of 30,000 more troops.

The rising foreign casualties have sparked anger among the public in the countries allied with the US in Afghanistan.