Taliban attack-helicopter kills 7

NATO troops on Thursday secured the wreckage of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter apparently shot down by Taliban, an attack that killed everyone on board — five U.S. soldiers, a Canadian and a Briton, officials said.

Taliban attack-helicopter kills 7
NATO troops on Thursday secured the wreckage of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter apparently shot down by Taliban, an attack that killed everyone on board — five U.S. soldiers, a Canadian and a Briton, officials said.

"There will be a full investigation," said Maj. John Thomas, a spokesman for NATO's International Security Assistance Force. "We will try to determine everything that happened and to fully investigate the site."

A U.S. military official, who insisted on speaking anonymously because the crash was still under investigation, said initial reports suggested the helicopter was hit with a rocket-propelled grenade Wednesday evening.

A purported Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, claimed in a phone call to The Associated Press that they shot the helicopter down in southern Helmand province, the world's largest opium poppy-growing region where combat has been heavy in recent months.

The CH-47 Chinook, a heavy transport helicopter with two rotors, can carry around 40 soldiers plus a small crew. The fact it was flying at night suggested the aircraft might have been carrying troops on a nighttime air assault.

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