Nato & ISAF Statement:
A NATO helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday but no
fatalities were reported, an ISAF spokesman said, while the Taliban
claimed to have shot it down and killed all on board.
ISAF spokesman said that "I can confirm an International Security
Assistance Force helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan today. The
cause is under investigation but initial reporting indicates there was
no enemy activity in the area at the time. Per reports we have at this
time is that there were no casualties."
However he refused to share details of the type of helicopter involved
or the number of troops aboard, saying the crash was under
Meanwhile, a Taliban spokesman in a text message to media outlets said
that the helicopter was shot down by rockets in Tagab district of Kapisa
province and burst into flames. He said that all on board were killed.
Kapisa provincial governor Mehrabuddin Safi said that "the incident
happened in an area where a clearance operation was ongoing against the
enemy. We are investigating what caused the crash" he concluded.
Taliban Statement: Also, tells of an operation to retrieve the wreckage.
Thursday noon, at about 12 p.m. local time, Mujahideen of the Islamic
Emirate shot down and enemy’s attack helicopter in Tagab district of
Kapisa province. The Helicopter after being shot was set alight in the
air plunging on the ground on the outskirts of the district and was
burned down completely. The area where the wreckage of the helicopter
strew is under Mujahideen control..
Also,adding that 3 local commandos, 2 invaders troops killed attempting to retrieve wreckage of struck helicopter A harsh fight flared up at the shoot-down scene where Mujahideen had
shot down an enemy’s attack helicopter after the joint enemy’s
approached the site for the recovery of the wreckage. Mujahideen already
positioning themselves in the area attacked the enemy having a head-on
fight and engaging them in hours long battle in which 2 foreign
terrorists and 3 local commandos have been killed with several more
wounded. A Mujahid, nevertheless, embraced martyrdom in the fighting.
Sources: WashingtonPost, Shahamat, Silobreakers, Pakistan Today,
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