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Three ISAF soldiers killed in attack ANA chopper makes hard landing

23 July, 2012

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KABUL: Three International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service members were killed in separate violence-related incidents in eastern part of the war-torn country, the military alliance said.

Two International Security Assistance Force service members were killed in an "improvised explosive device attack" in eastern Afghanistan Sunday while one more lost his life in an "insurgent attack" in eastern Afghanistan yesterday (Saturday), separate ISAF press statements said.

The statements, however, did not disclose nationalities of the dead soldiers, in line with its policy.

The Taliban have not said anything about the IED strike in eastern Afghanistan today.

However, their spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told media their fighters conducted multiple attacks on the foreign forces in Khost, Paktiya and Kunar provinces yesterday, inflicting casualties on them.

The death toll of the US-led NATO troops to die in the Afghan war climbed to 30 in the month of July, this year so far.

Meanwhile, a helicopter of the Afghan National Army made hard landing in Kamdesh district in Nuristan province Sunday, causing injuries to Afghan and ISAF troops.

A defence ministry press release stated two ANA bound helicopters were on their way to deliver aid to the 202 Sailab military corps in Nuristan province when one of them experienced technical failures, forcing the chopper to make hard landing.

There was no enemy hand involved in the incident and the helicopter crew did not suffer any casualties, the press release said.

However, a statement issued by ISAF's Bagram press office said "Afghan and ISAF personnel on board suffered minor injuries and received treatment."

"The cause of the hard landing, which resulted during a brownout, is under investigation," the press release maintained.


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