Amer­i­can dies in Afghan in­ci­dent

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries/news - As­so­ci­ated Press

The U.S. mil­i­tary said Satur­day that a ser­vice mem­ber has been killed in Afghanistan, while in a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent two Afghan sol­diers died when their he­li­copter crashed.

The brief U.S. mil­i­tary state­ment did not pro­vide fur­ther de­tails on the sol­dier’s iden­tity or the time or place of death.

The two Afghan sol­diers died Satur­day when their he­li­copter made an “emer­gency land­ing” in the south­ern Kandahar prov­ince due to a tech­ni­cal prob­lem, De­fense Min­istry spokesman Ghafor Ah­mad Jawad said. He said two other sol­diers were wounded when the he­li­copter caught fire af­ter land­ing. The Tal­iban claim to have shot the he­li­copter down.

In the cap­i­tal, Kabul, a se­nior re­li­gious scholar was shot and killed, said Basir Mu­jahid, a spokesman for the cap­i­tal’s po­lice chief. No one im­me­di­ately claimed the killing of Abdul Basir Haqqani.

Also Satur­day, the Is­lamic State group in state­ment posted on its Aa­maq web­site claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the sui­cide at­tack Fri­day in­side an army base in east­ern Khost prov­ince that killed at least 27 army sol­diers.

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