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Three Americans Injured, One ISAF Soldier Dead in Chopper Crash

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KABUL, Afghanistan - An ISAF soldier was killed and three American soldiers injured in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan, officials said.

The American-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) would only confirm that the crash occurred but did not disclose the nationality of the dead soldier, nor of any injured soldiers.

However a senior local security official said that the aircraft was a U.S. Military helicopter and that three Americans on board were injured in addition to the death.

The helicopter crashed when it hit a cellphone tower in the Marouf district of Kandahar province, the official said, asking not to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

ISAF did not reveal the exact location of the incident and did not provide further details around the circumstances of the crash.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends affected by this tragic event," ISAF said in a statement. "It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities."

- Fazul Rahim

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