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Kabul, Mar 12 (EFE).- Five NATO soldiers died in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan, the international coalition said Tuesday, while the Taliban have already claimed responsibility.
The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said in a communique that the cause of the crash is being investigated, though "everything seems to indicate there was no insurgent activity in the area" when the accident occurred.
As is usual in such cases, the communique did not specify the exact location of the crash nor the nationality of the victims.
When asked by Efe, the police chief of Kandahar province, Abdul Razaq, said the chopper crashed around 11:00 p.m. local time in the Daman district and that "the victims are probably Americans."
A Taliban spokesman, Qari Mohammad Yousef Ahmadi, said the helicopter was shot down by insurgents.
"An American helicopter was hit last night by Taliban fighters in the Daman district," the insurgent spokesman said, adding that "many U.S. soldiers died" in the crash, though the exact number of victims was not specified.