Six killed as Pakistan army helicopter crashes in Balochistan

Military says the chopper crashes during a late night mission in the country’s southwest, killing all six on board.

In a statement on Monday, the military said the chopper crashed late last night during an operational flight near the town of Khost, roughly 121 kilometres (75 miles) from Balochistan’s capital Quetta.

“A helicopter on a flying mission crashed late last night. Six personnel – including two army majors (both pilots) embraced shahadat (martyrdom) in the crash,” said the statement.

The army’s statement did not elaborate on what caused the incident or the nature of their operation in the area.

In a tweet in Urdu language, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday offered his condolences and prayed for the deceased soldiers and their families.

Opposition leader and former federal information minister, Fawad Chaudhry, demanded an evaluation of the safety of Pakistan army helicopters.

Authorities said they are investigating the incident – the second in less than two months.

On August 1, an army helicopter crashed in Balochistan’s Lasbela district during a flood-related operation, killing six including a senior army official.

Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest province, is also the hub of a decades-old separatist movement. Various armed groups based in the province have claimed attacks on Pakistani security forces in the past.

However, no rebel group has so far claimed responsibility for Sunday night’s crash.


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