Afghan army helicopter crashes in Kandahar with 20 on-board

Afghan army helicopter crashes in Kandahar with 20 onboard.

25 dead in an Army helicopter crash in Afghanistan

An Afghan army helicopter crashed in southern Kandahar province on Saturday, killing at least two, officials said.

Two more were wounded in the crash which happened in Maruf district, said Ghafoor Ahmad Jawed, a spokesman for Defense Ministry.

He said that the crash happened due to technical failure as it was landing. Taliban, however, said that the helicopter was shot down by the group’s fighters.

Earlier, Kandahar police chief Tadin Khan said the helicopter made an emergency landing in the district, adding that “the helicopter was transferring troops from the (provincial) center to the district.” He said there had been no casualties but the helicopter caught fire.

Despite earlier reports of no casualties, a MoD spokesman, Jawed Ghafoor, confirmed the two people were killed and two others were wounded when an Afghan Air Force helicopter made an emergency landing in Maruf district of Kandahar province.

The helicopter crashed today might be a Russian made Mil Mi-17 medium twin-turbine transport helicopter

No further details have been provided.

 

 

 

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