5 NATO soldiers killed in S. Afghan helicopter crash

5 NATO soldiers killed in S. Afghan helicopter crash
# 12 March 2013 04:30 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Up to five NATO soldiers were killed Monday following a helicopter crash in restive southern Afghan region, the coalition forces confirmed on Tuesday morning, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"Five International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service members died following a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan yesterday," the NATO-led ISAF said in a statement.

The statement ruled out involvement of Taliban and other insurgent groups in the incident, saying "the cause of the crash is under investigation, however initial reporting indicates there was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the incident."

The statement gave neither the nationalities of the victims nor the details about the incident under the ISAF policy.

Currently there are about 100,000 NATO-led forces, with nearly 66,000 of them Americans, stationed in the country.

Troops mainly from U.S., Britain and Australia have been stationed in the southern region within the framework of ISAF to curb Taliban-linked insurgency there.

On Monday, two U.S. troops and two Afghan policemen were shot dead in an apparent insider attack in eastern Wardak province.

The latest casualties bring the number of foreign soldiers killed in Afghanistan to 18 this year.

At least 10 coalition helicopters had gone down last year, killing up to 41 coalition troops and eight Afghans.

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