Five troops killed in UK helicopter crash in Afghanistan ‘believed to be British’

A spokesman for Kandahar Governor

Tooryalai Wesa confirmed it happened

near Kandahar City, and said it was due to

"technical problems".

Spokesman Dawakhan Minapal said: "Today

at 11am (0630 GMT) an ISAF helicopter

crashed due to technical problems in

Takhteh Pol district. As a result five ISAF

soldiers were killed."

The International Security Assistance Force

(ISAF) coalition of international forces

added: "Five International Security

Assistance Force service members died as a

result of a helicopter crash in southern

Afghanistan today.

"ISAF is still in the process of reviewing

the circumstances to determine more

facts. Our thoughts and prayers go out to

the family and friends affected by this

tragic event."

It brings the total number of international

troops killed in the war torn country this

month to seven.

Nato combat operations in Afghanistan

are due to come to an end this year ,

with responsibility for fighting the Taliban

insurgency handed over to the Afghan

army and police.

A total of 448 UK soldiers have died in

Afghanistan since 2001 but fewer have

been injured in the most recent tours as

Afghan forces now lead 97% of security

operations across the country.

If the fatalities today are confirmed to be

from the UK, it would be one of the worst

air crashes involving British forces in the


In September 2006 a Nimrod surveillance

aircraft from RAF Kinloss in Scotland

exploded mid-air while supporting Nato

ground operations near Kandahar, killing

all 14 servicemen on board.

Six American soldiers were killed in a

helicopter crash in the southern Zabul

province in December last year.


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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