Taliban shoot down US helicopter in Afghanistan

October 27th, 2008 - 9:18 pm ICT by IANS  

TalibanKabul, Oct 27 (DPA) A US helicopter was shot down by Taliban rebels in central Afghanistan Monday, a US military spokesman said.The helicopter crew engaged with Taliban fighters on the ground in Wardak province, about 50 km west of Kabul city, US military spokesman Major Johan Redfield told DPA.

He said the chopper was hit by “enemy fire” but none of the 10-member crew was killed.

The fighting was still going on, Redfield said, but he declined to provide any details, including whether the soldiers suffered injuries.

A Taliban spokesman in the area, Ahmad Baheer, said their forces shot down the helicopter with rocket-propelled grenade, killing all people aboard.

He said their fighters had surrounded Afghan and international forces in the area.

Wardak province has been the scene of fierce fighting between Taliban insurgents and US led coalition troops since the beginning of this year. Afghan officials have admitted that the militants had consolidated their positions in the province and were edging closer toward the capital city.

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