April 20, 2012
The Taliban claimed responsibility Friday for downing a Black Hawk helicopter in southern Afghanistan.
“Yesterday (Thursday) evening Taliban fighters shot down a helicopter and killed all its passengers in Khanashen Dewalak area near Garmsir, southern Helmand province,” a Taliban spokesman wrote to CNN.
The helicopter’s four crew members, all of them American, are believed to be dead, a U.S. military official said.
The copter was flying in bad weather, the official said Thursday. “We cannot yet rule out enemy action,” the official said.
Fatal helicopter crashes involving members of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force are not unprecedented in Afghanistan, with some of the aircraft brought down by enemy fire while others crashed for mechanical reasons.