Five NATO Personnel Die in Kabul Helicopter Crash

A NATO military helicopter has crashed in Afghanistan, killing five people including two British Royal Air Force (RAF) personnel, the BBC reported.

The crash—which the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) said was "an accident and not the result of insurgent activity"—occurred on Sunday when the Puma Mk2 helicopter attempted to land at the headquarters of the NATO Resolute Support mission in Kabul.

Five other people were injured in the crash, but NATO has not released the identity of the others involved.

An Afghan security guard who claimed to have witnessed the incident told the Associated Press that the helicopter's rotor appeared to become entangled with a monitoring balloon as it tried to land at the NATO base.

Also on Sunday, a British military convoy was attacked in Kabul with what the MoD said was an improvised explosive device, the BBC reported.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in retaliation for air strikes in Kunduz, which it said killed civilians and doctors. However, the Taliban did not specifically mention the U.S. bombing of a Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in Kunduz on October 3, which killed 22 Afghans including doctors and nurses.