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Afghan army helicopter crashes in Helmand, pilot killed

Christian Fernsby |
An Afghan army helicopter has crashed in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, killing its pilot, a source told 1TV on Monday.

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The helicopter of Black Hawk type crashed in Kajaki district. Other crew members survived the incident, the source said.

"The incident occurred in Kajaki district early in the morning. An investigation has been launched into the incident and details will be shared with the media later Monday," Omar Zwak, provincial government spokesman, told Xinhua.

None of the injured suffered life threatening wounds and were transported to an army camp, he said.

Local villagers claimed that the chopper was struck by a Taliban weapon.

Helmand province, notorious for poppy growing, is a known Taliban stronghold.

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