WASHINGTON: The Taliban insurgents who shot down a US military helicopter in Afghanistan, leaving 30 American troops dead, have been hunted down and killed by allied forces, the US commander said Wednesday.
General John Allen, the new commander of US forces in Afghanistan, told reporters at the Pentagon that "at approximately midnight on 8th August, coalition forces killed the Taliban insurgents responsible for this attack.
As reported earlier, the Taliban lured US forces into an elaborate trap to shoot down their helicopter; killing 30 American troops in the deadliest such incident of the war.
A total of 38 people – 30 US troops, many of them special forces, seven Afghan commandos and an interpreter – were killed when their Chinook came down during an anti-Taliban operation late last Friday.
The crash marked the biggest single loss of life for American and Nato forces since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan toppled the Taliban in late 2001, shortly after the September 11 attacks.
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