Seven dead after unidentified helicopter crashes in Duhok

Esta Media Network News

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Seven people died in a helicopter crash in Eastern Duhok province on Wednesday night.

At around 8:30 P.M. of local time, a helicopter crashed in Duhok’s Amedi area in the Chamanke district, a source told Esta Media Network.

At least seven bodies were retrieved from the crash site who have been completely burnt, the source added.

The helicopter reportedly carried arms and weapons.

Iraq, Turkey, and the Coalition have denied losing any helicopters, according to the Erbil-based Kurdistan Counter-Terrorism unit.

“Preliminary investigations revealed that the helicopter was of type Eurocopter AS350,” the Kurdistan Counter-Terrorism unit said in a Facebook post.

In the meantime, the Turkish Defense Minister told the state-owned Anadolu Agency that the helicopter which crashed in Duhok did not belong to the Turkish armed forces.

The reason for the helicopter crash is still unknown. However, the vicinity of the area where the crash occurred is known for frequent clashes between Turkey and the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK).

No further information available up to this moment.

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