NATO helicopter crashes in S Afghanistan, wounding 2 2009-07-20 12:34:08   Print

    KABUL, July 20 (Xinhua) -- A helicopter of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) crashed in Kandahar, south of Afghanistan Monday morning injuring two crew, a NATO spokesman in Kandahar Captain Paul Kalkan said.

    "The incident took place after the helicopter took off from Kandahar airbase this morning, wounding two crew," he told Xinhua. However, he ruled out the involvement of hostile fire, saying the incident occurred due to technical problem.

    Kandahar is the main base of NATO-led forces in southern Afghanistan where Taliban insurgents are active.

    This is the second chopper crashed in Kandahar over the past two days and the fourth in the country over the past three weeks.

    In Sunday's incident, also in Kandahar, a Russian-made helicopter under NATO contract crashed and left 16 aboard dead.

    Taliban militants fighting Afghan and international troops have yet to claim responsibility.

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