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)
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.