Six NATO troops were killed in a helicopter crash and two roadside bombs in southern Afghanistan Monday, military officials said.
The fatalities included three Australian special operations soldiers and one American service member who were aboard the helicopter, officials said, Washington Post reports.
The crash was being investigated but there were no indications of enemy involvement, NATO said in a statement.
The Australian government said three of the dead were Australians, and U.S. Lt. Col. Joseph T. Breasseale said the fourth service member killed was American, The Associated Press informs.
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