Tuesday, March 12, 2013

5 US Service Members Killed in helicopter crash

5 Americans killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash
By Masoud Popalzai
updated 6:48 AM EDT, Tue March 12, 2013

NEW: A U.S. official says those killed were Americans
Crash happens in southern Afghanistan on Monday
Military says there was no enemy activity in the area
There have been 18 coalition deaths in 2013

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Five U.S. service members were killed when a helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan, a U.S. official said early Tuesday.

The chopper went down Monday in the Daman district of southern Kandahar during a rain storm, said Jawid Faisal, a government spokesman for the province.

There was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the incident, according to a statement by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

The U.S. official, who did not want to be identified, did not offer additional information about the victims.
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