A British military helicopter has crashed in Afghanistan, killing five people, including two UK troops, and injuring five others, reports say.
The UK Puma Mk 2 helicopter reportedly crashed in what NATO officials called a “non-hostile incident” in the capital Kabul on Sunday afternoon.
The British Defense Ministry told NBC News that two British Royal Air Force members were among the dead in the crash.
The helicopter crashed while attempting to land at the Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, the UK Ministry of Defense said.
The US-led Resolute Support is a training, advisory, assistance, and counter-terror mission consisting of thousands of foreign soldiers in Afghanistan.
“It is with regret that [we] must announce the death of two personnel from 230 and 33 Squadrons, Royal Air Force, in Kabul following an accident involving a UK Puma Mk 2 helicopter earlier today,” a UK Defense Ministry spokeswoman said on Sunday.
“The family of the two personnel who were killed have been informed and requested a period of grace before their names are released,” she added.
The NATO-led alliance in Afghanistan did not provide more details about the incident, including the nationalities of the other people died and injured in the crash.
The deadly incident occurred on the same day a car bomber struck a convoy of NATO forces in Kabul. The number of the casualties remained unknown on Sunday night.
The United States and its NATO allies have still a total of 12,500 troops deployed in Afghanistan, more than 14 years after the US-led alliance invaded and occupied the impoverished country.
Last week, US Army General John Campbell said the United States should deploy more troops to Afghanistan because local forces are not yet ready to take on militants.
Campbell, the commander in charge of the US-led military coalition in Afghanistan, made the remarks during a hearing before a US Senate panel on October 6.