Five NATO troops killed in Afghan helicopter crash
The helicopter crashed in the troubled region of Kandahar (Patrick Baz/AFP)
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Five US-led service members were killed after their helicopter crashed due to technical failure near the southern city of Kandahar on Sunday, the U.S. led forces and a provincial official said.
“Today at 11am (0630 GMT) an ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) helicopter crashed due to technical problems in Takht-e Pol district. As a result, five ISAF soldiers were killed," Kandahar governor's spokesman, Dawakhan Minapal, said.
The crash happened a few hours after a U.S. drone went down in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Kunar.
Taliban militants claimed they had shot down the drone.
The U.S. led military force is preparing to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan at the end of this year.
The U.S. and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across the country, despite the presence of tens of thousands of U.S. led troops.