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11 die in Afghan helicopter crash

Seven American troops are among 11 people who died in a Blackhawk helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan, Nato-led forces said today.

A Taliban spokesman said the insurgents shot down the aircraft but the alliance said it is still investigating the cause.

A spokesman for the alliance, Jamie Graybeal, said seven American service members were among the dead in the crash of a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter.

He said four Afghans died - a civilian interpreter and three members of the Afghan security forces.

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi said the helicopter was shot down in Kandahar province.

The coalition did not comment on the Taliban claims.

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