October 12th, 2010
12:44 PM ET

1 dead in RPG strike at chopper

An Afghan interpreter was killed and eight people were wounded when a rocket-propelled grenade was fired at a coalition helicopter in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said.

The incident occurred in Kunar province. A CH-47 Chinook helicopter had just landed and had been off-loading when the RPG was fired into the cargo bay. Seven ISAF servicemembers and an Afghan Border Police officer were injured.

Afghan and ISAF soldiers secured the landing site.

The incident comes after nine U.S. servicemembers were killed in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan in late September.

The NATO-led command on Tuesday also reported incidents in other parts of the country.

A coalition service member died in an IED attack on Tuesday in southern Afghanistan. It didn't release the nationality of the person and the precise location of the incident.

A Taliban senior leader who leads up to 20 fighters in the Sistani area of the Marjah district in Helmand province was captured overnight. Marjah is the area where coalition forces conducted a major offensive earlier this year.

An airstrike in northern Afghanistan's Kunduz province on Monday killed two insurgents. The actions targeted a Taliban senior leader.

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