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Seven died in Pak helicopter crash, includes foreign ambassadors

5/8/2015 5:33:59 PM

Islamabad: Seven people died in a helicopter crash in Naltar Valley, Pakistan on Friday. The victims include ambassadors to Pakistan from the Philippines and Norway, and the wives of the ambassadors of Malaysia and Indonesia. Two pilots and a crew member were also killed.  
According to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's statement, the helicopter was on its way to the city of Gilgit, where Sharif was about to attend a public ceremony and to inaugurate the newly installed chairlift at a ski resort. Sharif was in his own plane to Gilgit when the “tragic news” was conveyed to him. It said Sharif returned to Islamabad early in the wake of the crash.

The Pakistani Taliban stated responsibility for downing the aircraft, saying it was targeting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.  However, Defense Minister Khawaj Asif said that the crash occurred "purely due to technical fault and not because of any terrorist action."

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