16 die in Afghan helicopter crash

A helicopter crash in an area of southeastern Afghanistan where Taliban fighters are active has killed all 16 people onboard.

    The civilian helicopter was flying to Kabul from Khost

    The civilian MI8 helicopter crashed into mountains near the southeastern Paktia province.

    Colonel Tom Collins, a spokesman for the US-led multinational force in Afghanistan, said 12 bodies had been recovered from the site, which had been secured by foreign troops.

    He said the cause of the crash was not known.

    A Taliban spokesman claimed that the group had shot down the helicopter.

    The helicopter was flying to Kabul from Khost carrying contractors working for a reconstruction company.

    Two Dutch soldiers from the International Security Assistance Force were among the dead.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    We visualised 1.2 million votes at the UN since 1946. What do you think are the biggest issues facing the world today?

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    We dialled more than 35,000 random phone numbers to paint an accurate picture of displacement across South Sudan.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.