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Afghan helicopter shot down, 5 killed

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Kabul, Sept 15, IRNA -- A helicopter of Afghanistan Army was shot down reportedly by the terrorist group of Taliban, killing five crews, sources said.

Some unofficial sources on Saturday also quoted Nasir Mehri, Farah Province governor spokesman, that the helicopter crashed due to technical problems.

There has been no official report on the real cause of the incidence.

The helicopter was shot down at 8 pm local time Friday over a territory under control of the Taliban.

Afghan ministry of defense on Saturday said in a statement that the offensive against Taliban forces by Army, Afghan Air Force and foreign forces has been intensified to guarantee the parliamentary election in the country.

The statement came two days after the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said he has ordered to raise the offensive against Taliban in response to an escalation by the terrorist group on Afghan forces and civilians.

The election is scheduled for October 15, and insecurity is considered a serious threat to the election.

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