Afghan army helicopter emergency landingA helicopter of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces made a emergency landing in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan, local officials said Saturday.

Provincial governor’s spokesman Samim Khpolwak said the incident took place late on Friday in Shahwali Kot district.

He said the helicopter was providing logistics to the Afghan armed forces when it made emergency landing due to technical problems.

Khpolwal further added that security personnel on board the helicopter did not suffer any casualties.

The Taliban group claimed that the helicopter was shot down by the group’s fighters and all on board were killed after it crashed.

Hoewever, the local officials have rejected the Taliban claims as baseless.

This comes as an Afghan army helicopter was forced to perform emergency landing in a similar incident in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan late in the month of March.

The emergency landing of the helicopter in Kandahar comes as the Afghan forces are busy in suppressing the insurgency activities of the Taliban group.

The defense officials said last week at least 32 militants were killed and 18 others were wounded during a raid by the Afghan forces in this province.


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