Pakistan mourns diplomats killed in helicopter crash

The bodies of those killed in helicopter crash arrive in Islamabad as Pakistan declares a day of mourning

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Pakistan's military brought the bodies of those killed in a helicopter crash in northern mountains, including ambassadors from the Philippines and Norway and the wives of the ambassadors from Malaysia and Indonesia, to Islamabad on Saturday.

The ambassadors and the wives of the envoys were killed in the Gilgit region as they were inspecting a tourism project a day earlier. Three Pakistani crewmen were also killed and several diplomats were injured - including the ambassadors of Poland and the Netherlands - when the army helicopter carrying them crashed landed in a valley.

Officials said engine failure caused the crash. The Pakistani Taliban claimed that they had shot down the helicopter.

Pakistani officials and the country’s army chief General Raheel Sharif saluted the flag-draped coffins as soldiers carried them, broadcast live on TV.

Pakistan declared Saturday a day of mourning and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered cabinet ministers to accompany the bodies of foreign victims to their countries.

Nawaz Sharif also called Malaysian premier Najib Razak and the Prime Minister of Norway to convey his condolences.

Turkey has also expressed its condolences to the families of the victims. "We wish God’s mercy on those who lost their lives, convey our sympathies to their families and wish for the speedy recovery of the wounded," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

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