25 killed in Afghanistan army helicopter crash
25 people on board have lost their lives as a helicopter belonging to Afghanistan army crashed in the southwestern part of the country on Wednesday .
Publish date : Wednesday 31 October 2018 10:54
Naser Mehri, a spokesman for the governor of western Farah Province, said one of two army helicopters traveling to neighboring Herat Province lost control and crashed in bad weather on Wednesday.
The crew and passengers, totaling 25, were killed in the accident.
Meanwhile, a Taliban spokesman claimed that the group had shot down the aircraft.
In a separate development, a bombing attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul, has killed at least seven prison employees and injured five others.
The attack targeted a bus carrying the employees of Kabul’s biggest jail, the Pul Charkhi prison, early on Wednesday, police spokesman Basir Mujahid said later on the day.
Officials at the Ministry of Interior confirmed that a vehicle belonging to the Pul Charkhi prison had been targeted with a bomb attack.
Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said that the assailant had been on foot.
Further details were not provided.
No group has claimed responsibility for the blast, but both the Taliban and the Daesh terrorist groups are present in Afghanistan.
A 2001 invasion of Afghanistan by US-led forces toppled a Taliban regime in control of much of the Asian country at the time. Some 17 years on, however, and despite continued occupation, the outfit is still active and involved in widespread militancy in Afghanistan.
Takfiri Daesh terrorists, who had been originally concentrated in Iraq and Syria in the past, have established bases in eastern and northern Afghanistan. But they are mostly present in the eastern province of Nangarhar, from where they have carried out deadly attacks on major population centers across the country.