Mountains near Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan
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US Personnel Killed In Afghanistan Helicopter Crash

Military officials say preliminary reports suggest it was not the result of enemy fire.

Mountains near Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan

The cause of the crash is under investigation (Library picture: US Department of Defense).

At least two US service members have been killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

Military officials say preliminary reports suggest it was not the result of enemy fire, but investigations are continuing.

The names of the service members who have died have not yet been released.

The Taliban has claimed it was behind the crash, despite US reports suggesting otherwise.

"The cause of the crash is under investigation, however preliminary reports do not indicate it was caused by enemy fire," a statement by the US said.

The crash comes a day after the Taliban swapped two Western hostages, understood to include one American, for three of its commanders held by the Afghan government, as part of efforts from coalition forces to secure direct contact with the militant group.

The Taliban is now the deadliest terrorist group in the world, accounting for 38% of all terrorist deaths, according to the 2019 Global Terrorism Index.