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Nato helicopter crashes in Afghanistan, killing two

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A Nato helicopter has crashed in southern Afghanistan, killing two military personnel, the allied forces say.

The victims are members of Nato's International Security Assistance Force (Isaf).

The Taliban claimed they shot the helicopter down, but an Isaf spokesman in Kabul said the cause of the crash was still under investigation.

Allied helicopter crashes are relatively rare in Afghanistan.

A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, told the Associated Press their fighters hit the helicopter, which went down near Lashkar Gah in Helmand province.

In October last year, 14 US soldiers were killed in two separate helicopter crashes.

The Taliban have also occasionally shot down Nato and US helicopters.

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