Two Afghan military helicopters collided in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province early Wednesday, killing at least 15 soldiers and crews, an official said.
The incident happened in Nawa district as Afghan forces were fighting the Taliban militants, Torjan Helmandwal, the district governor, told 1TV.
He said that both the helicopters were destroyed following the collision and all those onboard were killed.
Afghan Defense Ministry said that the two helicopters of Mil Mi-17 type crashed due to technical issues while they were taking off in Nawa district of Helmand province, around 01:15 AM last night.
It said that nine individuals aboard were killed in the incident.
Taliban have launched major offensive in Helmand province even as intra-Afghan peace talks are ongoing in Qatari capital Doha.
Thousands of families have been displaced due to the fighting.