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A helicopter used by the NATO-led forces in Afghanistan crashed in the northeastern province of Kapisa.

A helicopter used by the NATO-led forces in Afghanistan has crashed in the northeastern province of Kapisa as the attacks against US-led troops surge in the war-torn country.

Afghan officials said Saturday that the NATO chopper crashed at 4:00 a.m. local time in Afghanistan’s Kapisa province, some 65 kilometers north of the capital city Kabul, a press TV correspondent reported.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has confirmed one of its helicopters went down in Alah-Say district in the country’s east.

There were no immediate reports of casualties following the incident. ISAF said in a statement that the helicopter suffered a hard landing in Alah Say district, and that “Coalition forces have recovered both crew members.”

Meanwhile, Taliban officials have claimed responsibility for the crash, saying they shot the helicopter down.

In February, at least two NATO pilots were injured after a helicopter belonging to the US-led foreign forces crashed in Afghanistan’s eastern district of Lateh Band near Kabul.

In October 2010, a cargo plane carrying supplies for US-led forces in Afghanistan crashed into the mountains near the Afghan capital, killing all nine crew members onboard.

In a similar incident, nine US soldiers were killed in a chopper crash in September.

US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen said in January that he sees an increase in bloodshed in Afghanistan, as foreign soldiers begin to fire up their offensive against the Taliban elements.

“The violence will be worse in 2011 than it was in 2010 in many parts of Afghanistan,” said the senior US military commander.

About 150,000 NATO troops are currently fighting in war-torn Afghanistan, with plans to stay in the country beyond 2014.


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