Military Helicopter crashes killing seven Army soldiers: Report

Military Helicopter crashes killing seven Army soldiers: Report

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- At seven Afghan army personnel were dead after a military helicopter crashed in Mazar-i-Sharif, capital of northern Balkh province on Tuesday, local police said.

The Afghan Air Force helicopter went down in Durrah-i-Hairratan, an area on the outskirts of Mazar-i-Sharif at about 5:00 p.m. local time and the site of the crash was secured by army personnel, police officer from the Afghan National Police told Xinhua.

"Initial information found that seven people aboard of the chopper lost their lives and no one was hurt on the ground. The crash site has been secured by Afghan army personnel," he said.

"We can confirm the crash was not the result of enemy action," Nazar Khodai from army's Corps 209 Shaheen told Xinhua.

The army was investigating the circumstances of the crash to determine more facts and would release relevant details as appropriate, he noted.

Two pilots were wounded in April after a small army helicopter crashed in southern Kandahar province.