BAGHDAD ( Reuters) -
A US soldier was killed and six others wounded Saturday when a military helicopter crashed in the eastern Afghanprovince of Lugar, a military spokesman said . 

"The crash occurred on Friday night and the wounded were taken to hospital for treatment," NATO said in a statement. 

"The helicopter was carrying soldiers to the Kharwar area, which is volatile in Lugar, to carry out a night raid," the US-based Star and Stripes quoted Governor of the Lugar province Salim Saleh as saying.

The Taliban claimed control of half of the Lugar, almost dropped the helicopter, which is denied by NATO.