Afghanistan helicopter crash kills 11

A Nato Black Hawk helicopter came down in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing seven international soldiers and four Afghans, the military said, as Taliban insurgents claimed to have shot it down.

Three US soldiers, four other members of the US-led Nato mission, three members of the Afghan security forces and an Afghan civilian interpreter were killed, Nato’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.

“The cause of the crash is under investigation,” it said adding that the helicopter was a UH-60 Black Hawk.

Taliban spokesman Qari Yusuf Ahmadi said: “Our mujahideen (holy warriors) shot down an ISAF helicopter in the Chenarto area of Shah Wali Kot district in Kandahar province. “The helicopter was destroyed and all the crew and soldiers inside the chopper were killed.”

The ISAF statement did not use its normal phrasing for a simple helicopter crash, which includes the line that no enemy activity was reported in the area.

Helicopter crashes are frequent in Afghanistan where the 130,000-strong Nato mission relies heavily on air transport.

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