Saturday, September 02, 2006

Afghanistan - Nimrod crashes killing 14

A Nimrod similar to the one that crashed

Fourteen British service personnel have died after their aircraft crashed in Afghanistan. Twelve RAF personnel, a Royal Marine and an Army soldier were on board the RAF Nimrod MR2 which came down in the southern province of Kandahar. The reconnaissance plane, based at RAF Kinloss in Scotland, belonged to the Nato-led force battling the Taleban. UK Defence Secretary Des Browne described the incident as "dreadful and shocking" news and said the indications were it was a "terrible accident". It is not clear what the cause of the crash was and officials said the incident appeared to be an accident. Tony Blair said the incident would "distress the whole country". A total of 36 British service personnel have died in Afghanistan since 2001. [BBC/Sky News/CNNPosted by Picasa

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