Afghan chopper crash kills five NATO troops

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Five NATO troops have been killed in a helicopter crash
in Southern Afghanistan area [FILE PHOTO]

Kabul: At least five foreign troops were killed in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday.

Confirming the incident NATO said the crash is under investigation, adding that first reports indicate there was "no enemy activity" at the time of the incident, which it said occurred on March 11.

NATO did not disclose the nationality of the soldiers nor the exact location where the incident occurred.
No information regarding nationality of the soldiers or the exact location of the mishap has been disclosed by the NATO.

Notably, the crash came on the same day that two U.S. troops and five Afghan police and soldiers were killed in a so-called insider attack by a person in an Afghan military uniform in the restive east of the country.
New U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel left Afghanistan earlier on March 11 after a difficult first trip to Kabul.

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