By Masoud Popalzai
Five U.S. service members were killed when a helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan, a U.S. official said early Tuesday.
The chopper went down Monday in the Daman district of southern Kandahar during a rain storm, said Jawid Faisal, a government spokesman for the province.
There was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the incident, according to a statement by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
The U.S. official, who did not want to be identified, did not offer additional information about the victims.
It was the first coalition helicopter crash with fatalities since September, when two separate crashes killed a total of 11 coalition service members.
One occurred in early September, killing two; the other in the third week, killing seven service members and injuring two more.
CNN's Barbara Starr contributed to this report; Ben Brumfield wrote in AtlantaFULL STORY