Seven people were killed on Tuesday when a helicopter on contract to NATO-led forces in Afghanistan crashed in the southern part of the country.
According to reports, six of those killed were civilians who were on the helicopter, while the seventh fatality was an Afghan child on the ground.
NATO said the cause of the crash was under investigation but the owner reported it was shot down.
Also Tuesday, officials said two US Marines and an Italian soldier had been killed in the latest fighting.
The helicopter slammed into the ground and caught fire at daybreak in Helmand province's Sangin district, said Fazel Haq, the top district official.