ISAF helicopter makes hard-landing in Paktika
SHARAN (PAN): A helicopter belonging to NATO-led forces was involved in a hard-landing in southeastern Paktika province, injuring a soldier, the alliance said on Saturday, but the rebels claimed downing the MH-47.
"International Security Assistance Force sevicnemembers had a hard-landing with a MH-47 due to dust condition, two kilometers south of Forward Operation Base Oggun in Orgun district of Paktia," the force said in a statement issued in Kabul.
"This resulted in one soldier with non-battle injuries and one MH-47 damaged," it said, rejecting the Taliban's claim of shooting down the helicopter as false.
The governor's spokesman, Mukhlis Afghan, said the incident took place late on Friday night in the Millat village. He said the helicopter flew again after a few hours stay and that no one was injured.
A villager, Gul Mohammad, said the ISAF helicopter descended into the village late in the night and flew again in the morning.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed the fighters shot down the helicopter, killing 23 foreign soldiers on board. The wreckage was still lying on the ground, he added.
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