An Afghan military helicopter has crashed due to a technical failure in northern Afghanistan, leaving all the seven people on board dead.
The Afghan Defense Ministry said the incident occurred in the country’s northern province of Baghlan early on Sunday when the helicopter was supplying an army base in the Dand-e-Ghori district.
“Around 4 a.m., two Mi-17 helicopters were supplying a base in Qorghan Tepa of Baghlan, and one of them caught fire due to technical failure and crashed,” the ministry said in a statement. “Four crew members and three army soldiers were martyred in the incident,” it added.
Meanwhile, the Taliban militants have claimed they shot down the copter.
Dawlat Waziri, a spokesman for the Afghan Defense Ministry, rejected the claim.