At least five people lost their lives after a helicopter belonging to the Afghan armed forces crashed in western Farah province of Afghanistan.

According to the local officials, the incident took place late on Friday evening while the helicopter was transporting security personnel.

Provincial governor’s spokesman Nasir Mehri confirmed the incident and said the helicopter has crashed due technical issues.

Mehri further added that five people including security personnel and the pilot of the helicopter lost their lives in the incident.

The Ministry of Defense also confirmed the incident but added that an investigation is underway regarding the cause of the crash.

This comes as reports emerged earlier suggesting that the helicopter was attacked by the Taliban militants.

This comes as the security situation in western Farah province has started to deteriorate during the recent months as the anti-government armed militants are attempting to expand their foothold in some key western provinces.