Nine Afghan security force members killed after rocket hits helicopter: Sources

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Nine Afghan security force members were killed in a helicopter crash in central Afghanistan late on Wednesday, according to the defense ministry.

A defense ministry statement on Thursday said they were investigating the crash which took place in Maidan Wardak province and the dead included crew members and special force personnel.

An air force source and a provincial official told Reuters that the helicopter was hit by a rocket while taking off.

It was not clear who fired the rocket and there have been no claims of responsibility.

The defense ministry said it was investigating the crash, which killed the helicopter’s crew members as well as special forces on board.

An airforce source said the helicopter had been on a supply mission that included transporting the body of a soldier and wounded members of the military.

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