By The Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. officials say three of the seven American troops killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in Afghanistan were special operations forces – two Navy SEALS and a Navy explosives expert.
The Taliban have claimed their fighters shot down the helicopter on Thursday morning in Kandahar province in the south. However, the U.S. officials say initial indications are that it was not shot down, though an investigation has been opened.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose the information and the investigation is ongoing.
They say the helicopter was operating in support of fighting between coalition forces and insurgents when it went down.