Afghanistan: Two US service members die in helicopter crash

Two service members died in a helicopter crash Thursday as they were returning from a maintenance mission in southern Afghanistan, the US-led coalition said. There was no report of hostile activity related to the crash, the coalition said in a statement. The coalition did not reveal the names or nationalities of the deceased pending notification of their families. The helicopter crashed at around 6:30 p.m. in Kandahar province, said Lt. Col. Rumi Nielson-Green, the top spokesperson for the US military in Afghanistan. The bodies of the two victims have been recovered, she said. "There was no enemy activity in the area," she said, declining to specify the type of helicopter involved. "They were really close to the return point."