U.S. Service Member Killed, 6 Others Wounded in Helicopter Crash in Afghanistan

An American service member was killed and six others wounded in a helicopter crash south of Kabul, the United States military command in Afghanistan said in a statement on Saturday.

The military provided little detail on the circumstances of the crash, which the statement said happened late Friday in Logar Province.

The Taliban claimed early Saturday that their fighters had downed an American helicopter in the province’s Kharwar district, where it was to be part of a joint operation with Afghan commandos. The United States military confirmed an incident within hours, but said it was “not the result of enemy action” and that “we have full accountability of all personnel.” Later in the day, the military sent out another statement announcing the service member’s death and saying that the circumstances of the crash were under investigation.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our comrade,” said Gen. John W. Nicholson, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

A spokesman for the police in Logar Province said one member of the Afghan special forces was also wounded in the crash, which had forced the cancellation of the operation.

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SOURCE: NY Times, Mujib Mashal