NATO crash in Afghanistan kills 4


Liutenant David McCurdy of the Baker Comapny 2-12 infantry of the US Army prepares to launch a Puma Dorin airplane at the Forward Operating Base Joyce in the Kunar province on August 20, 2012. NATO has some 130,000 troops in Afghanistan who are due to pull out in 2014 and are spending increasing amounts of time working alongside and training Afghan forces who will take over when they leave.


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Four soldiers were killed when NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) plane crashed in Afghanistan on Saturday, according to a coalition statement cited by SKY News.

The identities of the victims were not released, said the Associated Press

The accident came as the Taliban announced the start of their spring offensive targeting foreign and Afghan security forces there. Violence has already started: three police officers were killed in a Sunday blast in Ghanzi province claimed by extremists. 

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A local police chief in Afghanistan's Zabul area, Rogh Lewanai, told SKY the plane had landed Saturday in rough weather. 

NATO is looking into it. "The cause of the crash is under investigation, however initial reporting indicates there was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the crash," the coalition said, reported SKY

April has been the deadliest month for security forces in Afghanistan so far this year, according to AP