Military Chopper Crashes in Afghanistan, 17 Killed

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Kabul: An Afghan military helicopter crashed in a southern province early on Thursday, killing seventeen soldiers, an official said. Gul Islam Seyal, spokesman for Zabul provincial government, said the crash was caused by technical difficulties as the helicopter was ferrying supplies. 

He said seventeen soldiers aboard were killed. The Ministry of Defence confirmed the accident in a statement on Thursday, saying details on casualties would be released later.

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The Taliban claimed responsibility for the chopper crash, but the governor of Zabul dismissed the claim, according to local media. 17 people, including 15 Afghan soldiers, the pilot and a technical officer were killed in the crash, media reports said.

Taliban recently launched attacks in Zabul, targeting a government complex with a truck bomb in May and attacking police posts in July. 

He said seventeen soldiers aboard were killed. The Ministry of Defence confirmed the accident in a statement on Thursday, saying details on casualties would be released later.

 

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