NATO helicopter crashes in Afghanistan

The chopper came down on the outskirts of Wardak town, capital of the province of the same name south of Kabul, at around 0600 GMT, provincial spokesman Shahidullah Shahid told AFP. He said one of the Turkish soldiers on board was killed and three others injured but NATO denied there were any deaths.

"There are no fatalities," said Lieutenant Colonel Todd Vician, spokesman for NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). He said that four or possibly five people had been injured according to initial investigations. The crash happened as two helicopters were landing at a Turkish-run base, Shahid said, adding that both belonged to NATO member Turkey.

One crashed into a hillside near the base, known as a provincial reconstruction team (PRT), while the other landed safely, he said. "One Turkish soldier has been killed and three injured in the helicopter crash today," he told AFP.

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