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Four Pak nationals helped Taliban shoot down US helicopter: Afghan official

London , Mon, 08 Aug 2011 ANI

London, Aug 8(ANI): Four Pakistani nationals had helped the Taliban shoot down a US military helicopter in Afghanistan, which killed 30 Navy Seals and other troops, an Afghan government official has claimed.


Citing intelligence "gathered from the area", the official blamed Taliban commander Qari Tahir for masterminding the attack.


He said that Tahir lured US forces to the scene by telling them there was a Taliban meeting taking place there.


"Now it's confirmed that the helicopter was shot down and it was a trap that was set by the Taliban commander," the Telegraph quoted the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, as saying.


"The Taliban knew which route the helicopter would take," he added.


The official said that intelligence also showed that the Chinook helicopter was brought down by multiple shots including "modern weapons".


He further said that the Hamid Karzai government in Afghanistan "thinks this was a retaliation attack for the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden."


According to reports, of the 30 Americans killed, there were 22 Navy Seals, three Air Force combat controllers and a dog handler, his dog and four crewmembers.


Most of the Seals belonged to the same elite unit that killed Bin Laden, although they were not the same people who participated in the May 2 raid in Pakistan. (ANI)


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