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US Embassy angry at helicopter crash reports

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, August 9, IRNA -- The American Embassy in Islamabad Monday angrily reacted to reports that US had shot down its own military helicopter in Afghanistan and removed all proofs on death of foremr Al-Qaeda Chief Osama bin Laden.

A CH-47 Chinook helicopter of US forces crashed in eastern Maydan Wardag Province two days ago, killing all 31 US soldiers, seven Afghan army soldiers and a local interpreter aboard.

Media Section has reported that the helicopter was used by the US Navy SEALs who raided the compound at the Pakistani city of Abbotabad and killed the Al-Qaeda chief on May 2.

Reports said that the only proof on the death of Osama Bin Laden was the 20 Navy SEALs reportedly on board this helicopter and all of them died. Thus all proof on the death of Osama bin Laden have disappeared, according to the reports.

“Some Pakistani media outlets have insinuated the United States killed its own troops in the tragic helicopter crash in Afghanistan to prevent spread of the “truth” about the death of Osama bin Laden,” the US embassy said.

An embassy statement termed the reports baseless. “We are deeply disappointed that Pakistani media would publish such patently false allegations and call on responsible media to accurately report the facts”.

The statement said the US Government has repeatedly honored the loss of Pakistani lives in terrorist attacks. “Pakistan and the United States share a common interest in standing together against extremists and terrorists who callously take the lives of our citizens”.

It said the US Government is investigating this terrible incident and that further information will be provided when the investigation is complete.

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