Pak Army Shoots Down Taliban Claims over Chopper Crash

The Taliban on Saturday claimed responsibility for a Pakistani helicopter crash that killed some 26 security personnel on Friday, the contention was immediately shot down by the Pak Military which reiterated that the crash was caused by a “technical fault”.

Pak Military has pressed choppers into service to shell suspected hideouts in Orakzai, say correspondents present in the area, attributing the information to officials of the paramilitary Frontier Corps.

Several militants owing allegiance to the Pakistani Taliban are believed to be holding out in the Orakzai area in the North West Frontier Province.

“We shot down the helicopter,” a spokesman for Taliban insurgents based in the nearby Darra Adam Khel region was quoted as saying by the French News Agency AFP.

The spokesman said the helicopter was shot down to avenge Pak military operation in South Waziristan, a known militant stronghold.

A military spokesman reiterated Saturday that the crash was caused by a “technical fault” and added that the Taliban militants were known for making false claims.

He confirmed the deaths o of all 26 people on board and said that the wreckage of the helicopter has been removed.

An inquiry has been ordered into th incident, he added.

On Friday officials in the Pak military had said that an MI-17 helicopter had crashed some 20 kilometres outside of Peshawar due to a technical fault, killing all 26 security personnel on board.

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