US civilians killed in crash

2009-10-26 17:28
Kabul - Three US embassy staff were among ten Americans killed when a military helicopter crashed in western Afghanistan on Monday, the US mission in Kabul said.

A total of ten Americans were killed and 26 other people wounded in the incident in the early hours of Monday.

"Seven US service members and three US civilians were killed," Nato's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement.

"Those injured include 14 Afghan service members, 11 US service members and one US civilian," it added.

An ISAF official earlier told AFP on condition of anonymity that the crash happened near Qadis, in Badghis province, an area where Taliban activity, much of it related to opium production, has been escalating in recent months.

A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the three dead civilians worked for the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Another DEA officer was among the injured.

"Today the US embassy mourns the loss of three civilian members of our embassy community and seven members of the US military, who were killed in a helicopter crash in western Afghanistan," an embassy statement said.

The DEA is the US government's lead agency on domestic drug enforcement and is responsible for pursuing international drug investigations.

It has a huge team in Afghanistan - the source of most of the world's heroin - active in attempts to eradicate the production of poppy and opium.
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