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Nato helicopter crash kills 38 in Afghanistan

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A helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan late Friday left 31 members of the US special forces and seven Afghan troops dead, a statement from Afghan President Hamid Karzai's office said Saturday.


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"The president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai expressed condolences over a Nato helicopter crash and the deaths of 31 members of US special forces," the statement said.

The crash represents the biggest death toll in a single incident for international forces in the country since the war began in 2001.

Seven Afghans were also killed in the crash in Wardak province, the statement said, taking the total death toll in the incident to 38.

"The president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan expresses his sympathy and deep condolences to US President Barack Obama and the family of the victims".

Although Western and Afghan officials said they were still trying to assess exactly what happened, an eyewitness claimed it was struck during a firefight.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident, saying it had shot the helicopter down.



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