NATO helicopter crash in Afghanistan kills 5 soldiers

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British Royal Air Force, KAF Air Field in Kandahar, Afghanistan in May 2010 Photo: Rex / telegraph.co.uk
Five NATO troops died in a helicopter crash Saturday in southern Afghanistan, the U.S.-led military coalition said, the single deadliest day this year for foreign forces as they prepare to withdraw from the country.
The U.S.-led NATO coalition did not provide details on Saturday\’s crash, saying the accident is under investigation.
But a Kandahar provincial police spokesman ((Zia Durrani) said the aircraft went down in the province\’s Takhta Pul district, about 50 kilometers from the Pakistani border. 
Local officials said the helicopter crashed due to technical problems.
British defense officials said the aircraft was British but refused to elaborate on the nationalities of the dead. 
The crash marks one of the deadliest days this year for foreign forces in Afghanistan, as they prepare to hand over responsibility for security to the Afghans by the end of this year.
It is the first fatal accident involving a UK military helicopter in Afghanistan since the conflict began in 2001.
Source: Agencies

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