Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015|5:15 p.m.
KABUL, Afghanistan– An Afghan military helicopter crashed in a remote area of the southern Zabul province on Thursday, eliminating 17 individuals on board– 12 soldiers and five team members, officials said.
President Ashraf Ghani offered his acknowledgements to the families of those eliminated, while the Taliban asserted they had actually shot down the airplane.
In the capital Kabul, a suicide automobile bomb blew up in a residential area near a government complex early Friday, killing four people and injuring dozens of others, an Afghan health ministry spokesperson said.
Provincial police chief Mirwais Noorzai stated the cause of the helicopter crash was not yet understood and was under examination. The Defense Ministry said the crash appeared to have actually been dued to a technical issue, without elaborating.
Afzal Aman, the Defense Ministry’s chief of operations, explained it as “the worst disaster to hit the air force.” He confirmed the casualty figure, and stated the dead included a system leader and 11 soldiers, as well as the team.
The Afghan military has actually been battling the Taliban-led revolt alone given that U.S. and NATO forces concluded their combat mission at the end of in 2013, moving to a support and training function instead.
Aman stated the helicopter was a Russian-made M-17, and was flying in between Zabul’s capital of Qalat and the town of Shinkay, 20 kilometers (12 miles) away.
The Taliban statement, posted on their website, stated the helicopter was “shot down with a rocket launcher.” The claim was difficult to verify and the insurgents routinely overemphasize their battlefield gains.
At the same time, in eastern Logar province, a suicide bomber driving an explosives-laden truck detonated his payload outside provincial government offices, eliminating eight people and injuring another 12.
Din Mohammad Darwish, spokesperson for the guv of Logar province, near Kabul, said the dead from Thursday’s attack included 3 policemans and five civilians. Five police were among the injured.
The huge blast, in the provincial capital of Puli Alam, burnt out windows in buildings 500 meters (1,600 feet) away, he stated.
The Taliban likewise claimed responsibility for that attack, stating in a statement that they targeted military and paramilitary systems.
The Taliban have actually been in turmoil following confirmation of the death of their leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar. Afghan authorities say he died in a Pakistani health center more than 2 years back.
In Kandahar city, at the same time, two police headquarters came under attack from gunmen using suicide vests, according to officials.
Rahmatullah Atrafi, the province’s deputy police chief, stated two policemans died while five attackers were eliminated.
The Taliban asserted responsibility for the Kandahar attack as well.
Wahidullha Mayar, representative for the Health Ministry, stated 147 people were injured consisting of 10 youngsters in the vehicle bomb attack in Kabul. The surge happened in a residential area next to a government complex.
Dr. Fida Mohammad in the emergency situation system of Ibnisina Healthcare facility said the bomb injured at least 20 women. He stated the majority of the injuries were caused by flying glass.
Mohammad Wazir, 50, who lives close by, stated the blast damaged his house and five members of his family were injured.