ISLAMABAD, Pakistan

An Afghan military helicopter on Wednesday crashed in western Afghanistan, killing two pilots onboard, the country’s Defense Ministry said.

The MI-35 helicopter crashed in Porchaman district of Farah province due to “technical issues”, the ministry said in a Twitter post.

“Sadly two of our brave pilots were martyred. MOD [Ministry of Defense] leadership expresses their deepest condolences to the families of our martyred pilots,” it added.

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