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US copter forced down by rocket

A US helicopter made an emergency landing after being fired on by insurgents with a rocket-propelled grenade in eastern Afghanistan, but no one was seriously hurt, a military press officer said.

world Updated: Oct 02, 2009 10:29 IST

A US helicopter made an emergency landing after being fired on by insurgents with a rocket-propelled grenade in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, but no one was seriously hurt, a military press officer said.

Captain Elizabeth Mathias said the helicopter was damaged in the dawn incident in Nangarhar province near the eastern border with Pakistan.

"It did land due to enemy fire. Light injuries. None killed. Nothing severe," she said.

The 100,000-strong international force in Afghanistan depends on helicopters for access to remote areas.