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Security threats: Bodies remain at Farah copter crash site

Security threats: Bodies remain at Farah copter crash site

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Nov 01, 2018 - 13:44

FARAH (Pajhwok): The remains of a helicopter crash victims in western Farah have not yet been recovered from the crash site despite the passage of 24 hours due to security threats in the area, local sources said on Thursday.

Twenty-five individuals, including military officials and local representatives, were killed when the Afghan National Army (ANA) helicopter crashed in Khak Safid district on Wednesday morning due to bad weather.

Niamtullah Khalil, deputy commander for 207 Military Corps and two members of the provincial council, including its chief, Farid Bakhtawar were among the dead.

Hamidullah, whose father lost his life in the crash, told Pajhwok Afghan News the government had failed to transfer his father’s body from the crash site.

He said his father served as an employee of the hajj and religious affairs department and wanted to go to Kabul for a formal work.

Meanwhile, Noorull Haq Khaliqi, army second brigade spokesman, said they were striving to shift the bodies to the provincial capital but the area was fully under Taliban control and going there was a risky job.

He said the governor and military officials during a meeting with elders had decided to transfer the bodies with mediation of local elders.

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