Helicopter crashes in Afghanistan

Afghanistan, a pilot and two soldiers were killed when a helicopter contracted by NATO crashed inside an army base today.

An army spokesman said three others injured when the helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff from the base near the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. He said, the crash was caused by a technical problem and the helicopter caught fire after it hit the ground.

A military helicopter crashed at an Afghan military base in the country’s northern province of Balkh, with some people feared to be dead, Khaama Press news reported.

The incident occurred at 7:30 a.m. local time (03:30 GMT), which was confirmed by a spokesman for the 209th Shaheen Corps Mohammad Hanif Rezaie, the Khaama Press news agency reported.

The official pointed out that the helicopter, which belonged to a foreign company, was set to leave for Faryab province.

Seven other security forces on board the helicopter were rescued.

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