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Two military helicopters collide in Afghanistan, 9 soldiers killed

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Two Afghan army helicopters collided while transporting wounded soldiers in the southern Helmand province, killing nine Afghan service members, the country’s Defence Ministry and local officials said on Wednesday.

The two Soviet-era Mi-17 helicopters crashed due to technical problems while taking off in Nawa district, the Afghan Defense Ministry statement said. The nine dead were all Afghan crew and soldiers who had been on board the aircraft.

Omer Zwak, a spokesman for Helmand’s provincial governor, said the helicopters were carrying wounded soldiers when they crashed late Tuesday.