Taliban claim 18 Afghan soldiers killed in helicopter downing
A pair of Mi-17 helicopters operated by the Afghanistan air force. (Wikimedia)
An Afghan National Army (ANA) helicopter made an emergency landing in Deh Sabz district of Kabul on Monday due to technical issues, security officials said.
The district police chief, Col. Nangialai, told Pajhwok Afghan News the ANA copter landed at around 3:00pm near the teachers’ township area. He said an explosion caused by a planted landmine happened in the area at the time of landing, but no causality had been reported.
Brig. Gen. Mohammad Radmanish, deputy spokesman for the Ministry of Defence (MoD), confirmed the emergency landing and said no one onboard had suffered causality.
But the Taliban claimed they shot down the ANA copter, killing 18 soldiers onboard. They said the copter used to make landings in the same area on a daily basis and this time they targeted the aircraft during its landing.