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Seven dead as Afghan military helicopter 'shot down' by Taliban

The helicopter was carrying supplies for a military base when it crashed in Dand-e-Ghori district.?(Representative image) Photograph: (AFP)

WION Kabul, Afghanistan Oct 09, 2016, 05.22 AM (IST)

Seven Afghan army soldiers were killed in a helicopter crash today in northern Baghlan province, ANI reported. 

Afghanistan defence ministry spokesman, Dawlat Waziri said three soldiers and four crew members died. The crash occurred due to a technical problem, he added. 

"Around 4am, two M-17 helicopters were supplying a base in Qorghan Tepa of Baghlan, and one of them caught fire due to technical failure and crashed," 

However, Taliban in a statement to the media said the helicopter was shot down by the group's fighters. 

The helicopter was carrying supplies for a military base when it crashed in Dand-e-Ghori district. 

The Taliban attempted to overrun Baghlan capital, Pul-e Khumri, but were pushed back by Afghan forces. 

(WION)

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