5 US TROOPS DIE IN HELICOPTER CRASH IN AFGHANISTAN
- An investigation was launched into the crash outside Kandahar city
- Initial reports suggest no enemy activity at the time in the area
- Two US soldiers were gunned down in a separate incident yesterday
Five American military personnel were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan last night on the deadliest day for US forces so far this year.
NATO officials said that initial reports suggest that there was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the crash outside Kandahar city in the south of the country and that an investigation has been launched into how it happened.
Two US special forces operations personnel were shot dead in an attack by an Afghan policeman in eastern Afghanistan earlier yesterday taking the day’s death toll to seven.
Major Adam Wojack, a NATO spokesman in Afghanistan, said that all five people killed in the helicopter crash had been aboard the UH-60 Black Hawk and that no one on the ground was killed.