Afghan chopper crash kills 3 Aussies, 1 American

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
June 22, 2010 03:14

KABUL, Afghanistan  — A helicopter crash killed three Australian commandos and a US service member before dawn Monday in a rugged area of southern Afghanistan where fighting has raged for days.

Five other international service members, including four Americans, died in separate attacks in the east and south, officials said. The latest deaths brought the number of international service members killed in Afghanistan this month to at least 62, including 41 Americans.

NATO and Australian officials said there was no evidence that hostile fire was responsible for the crash, although Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi claimed the insurgents shot down the helicopter with a rocket.


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