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Several dead and injured in Taliban helicopter crash in Ghor, Afghanistan

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

Early this morning, May 15th, an “MI 17” military helicopter crashed into the Ferozkoh-Herirud River, resulting in several deaths and injuries.

The helicopter had been dispatched to Ghor to rescue two individuals who had drowned in the river.

Enayatullah Khawarazmi, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense, informed Khaama Press that the helicopter was retrieving bodies from the Harirod river in the province when it encountered technical issues after a rescue operation.

He explained that the helicopter attempted an emergency landing in Ferozkoh but crashed into a wall.

One person was killed, and 12 others were injured in the incident, with local reports indicating that several casualties were transported to a hospital in Ghor.

Images from the scene show the helicopter wreckage by the river and a crowd of panicked onlookers.

After the withdrawal of the US and its allies from Afghanistan and the takeover of the Taliban in August 2021, military equipment was left behind, and some of them needed recovery. Still, their operational status and the expertise required to maintain and operate them efficiently remain uncertain.

This situation has led to incidents, including a notable crash of a U.S.-made Black Hawk helicopter during a Taliban training exercise in Kabul, which resulted in three fatalities and additional injuries due to technical problems.

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