KABUL, Afghanistan — A Black Hawk helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan killed 11 people on Thursday morning, including seven American troops and four Afghans, the NATO military coalition said. A Taliban spokesman claimed the insurgents shot down the aircraft.
Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi said insurgent fighters shot down the helicopter in Kandahar province on Thursday morning.
“Nobody survived this,” Ahmadi told The Associated Press by phone.
NATO said it is investigating the cause of the crash in Kandahar province, a region that is a traditional Taliban stronghold. The coalition had no immediate comment on the insurgents’ claim that they shot down the helicopter.
Among the dead were seven American service members, three members of Afghan security forces and one Afghan civilian interpreter, said Jamie Graybeal, a spokesman for the coalition.