Afghan military helicopter crash kills at least 17

Officials announce 17 people killed after military helicopter crashed in southern province

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

At least 17 people, including 12 Afghan army soldiers, were killed on Thursday in a helicopter crash in the southern province of Zabul, officials said.

Mirwais Noorzai, the chief of police in Zabul province, says the Afghan National Army helicopter crashed in a remote region of the province on late Thursday morning.

He says the cause of the crash is unknown and under investigation. He says the other 12 people killed were all soldiers.

The crash is among the worst suffered by the Afghan military since US and NATO forces concluded their combat mission at the end of last year, transitioning to a support and training role.

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