At least nine people on board in a Mi-17 Afghan army’ helicopter were killed, when it crash-landed in Behsud district in Maidan Wardak province on Thursday.

Reports indicated the incident happened at around 1:30 am when four ANA choppers were carrying special forces, equipment, and food to Behsud district.

Ministry of Defense stated that the helicopter belonged to 777 air force corps.

A pilot named Mohammad Karim Rahimi, and five military personnel are also among the killed in the incident.

Local sources told media the crashed helicopter was shot down by armed militants but is not confirmed by the government officials.

The defense ministry said an investigation is ongoing in relation to the incident.

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