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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Helicopter Crash Kills 8 U.S. Troops

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Eight U.S. soldiers were killed and 14 injured when their helicopter crashed in a mountainous area of southern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Sunday.

The twin-rotor Ch-47 Chinook crashed a few hours before dawn, after the pilot suddenly lost power and control of the aircraft, the military said in a statement.

Recent reports indicated a Taliban build-up for operation against the U.S.-led Coalition forces in the area, near Pakistan. But the U.S. military said there was no evidence that hostile fire or bad weather were behind the crash.

"The loss of these service members is felt by all of us here in Afghanistan, and we offer our deepest sympathy to the families of those who were killed," coalition spokesman Lieutenant Colonel David Accetta said.

Asked whether any enemy fire was involved, a U.S. official said: "So far, indications are strong that it was related only to the engine problem."