NATO said one of its helicopters crashed in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday evening, and a Taliban spokesman claimed the group had shot it down.
A U.S. military official said it was a CH-47 Chinook helicopter. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release details.
NATO's International Security Assistance Force said the helicopter went down around 9 p.m. local time but gave no other details. A U.S. military spokesman at Bagram Air Base referred all questions to ISAF headquarters.
A purported Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, said in a telephone call to The Associated Press that they had shot the helicopter down in Helmand province. That claim could not be immediately verified.
Ahmadi said the helicopter was shot down in the Kajaki district and that everyone on board died. He did not offer any proof of the claim.
"We have weapons that we have used to target helicopters before," he said.
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