NATO helicopter makes hard landing in Afghanistan

Updated: 2011-08-08 13:21


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KABUL - A NATO helicopter made a hard landing in Afghanistan's eastern Paktia province on Monday, the military alliance said in a press release.

"An International Security Assistance Force helicopter made a hard landing in Paktia province, today." said the press release issued by NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) here.

However, the brief press release did not provide details, only saying "What caused the aircraft to make the hard landing is under investigation, however initial reporting indicates there was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the incident."

The Taliban-led insurgency has been rampant since the militant group announced to launch spring offensive from May 1 against Afghan and NATO-led troops stationed in Afghanistan.

A total of 30 US Special Forces with ISAF, one civilian interpreter for foreign troops and seven Afghan commandos were killed when an ISAF CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan's Wardak province on Saturday.

Taliban outfit fighting Afghan and NATO forces have claimed responsibility for the incident which has been the deadliest air crash for US and NATO forces in the decade-long war in the insurgency-hit country.

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