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9 killed after 2 army helicopters collide in S. Afghanistan: Gov’t

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Nine people were killed after two Afghan army helicopters collided in midair in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province Tuesday night, reported Xinhua news agency.

According to the country’s Defence Ministry,  in a statement on Wednesday, the accident occurred in Nawa-i-Barakzayi district when two Afghan National Army military Mi-17 helicopters crashed due to technical issues while they were taking off.

“Unfortunately, nine individuals aboard were martyred in the crash. Ministry of Defence is investigating the incident,” the statement added.

Earlier in the day, local media reported that 15 people were killed in the accident in the region, 555 km south of Kabul.

The province has been the scene of heavy clashes in recent days after hundreds of Taliban militants from two neighboring provinces joined local militants and tried to capture Lashkar Gah.

On Sept. 24, an Afghan Air Force attack helicopter crashed due to technical failure in northern Baghlan province, killing two pilots.

–BERNAMA


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