British helicopter crash kills 5 in Kabul: NATO

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Five people were killed, and five injured when a British military helicopter crashed in Kabul on Monday, NATO officials said. The victims were reportedly NATO’s international support mission members.

In a statement, NATO’s Resolute Support mission, which gave the casualty figures, said, the crash happened on Sunday afternoon at its headquarters in Kabul. The official, however, did not identify the nationalities of the dead, and injured.

Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on its website that two Royal Air Force personnel had been killed when a UK Puma Mk 2 helicopter crashed, while landing at the base.

“The incident is currently under investigation but we can confirm that it was an accident and not the result of insurgent activity,” said the MoD news release, which made no mention of any other NATO casualties.

The NATO’s combat mission in Afghanistan has ended, however, around 12,000 mostly U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan as part of Resolute Support, focused on training Afghan security forces.

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