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NATO aircraft crashes in southern Afghanistan

india Updated: Sep 02, 2006 23:29 IST
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A NATO aircraft crashed in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, but it was not immediately clear whether there were any casualties, a spokesman said.

The "aircraft was supporting a NATO mission. It went off the radar and crashed in an open area in Kandahar," said Maj Scott Lundy, spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force. Lundy would not say how many people were aboard, but said "there was no indication of an enemy attack."

The crash took place about 20 kilometers (12 miles) west of the city of Kandahar, he said. Lundy gave no other details, but Haji Eisamuddin, a local tribal elder, told that the wreckage of the plane was burning in an open field, and that coalition forces had started arriving at the scene.

"I can see three-four helicopters in the sky, and coalition forces are also arriving in the area," he said.

Kandahar was once the stronghold of Afghanistan's former Taliban regime, which was ousted by a US-led invasion following the Sept 11, 2001, attacks in the United States.