Taliban claim attack on helicopter carrying diplomats

A helicopter carrying diplomats crashed Friday in Gilgit-Baltistan. The Taliban claimed the attack which targeted the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

They targeted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The Pakistani Taliban have claimed, Friday, May 8, shooting down the helicopter MI-17 carrying diplomats that crashed in a village very remote north-east. Six people, two pilots and four foreigners, including the ambassadors of Norway and the Philippines were killed in the crash of the aircraft that crashed into a school.

“Nawaz Sharif and his allies are our priority targets,” said the spokesman of the Taliban in a statement sent by email.

So they have no presence in the region, the Pakistani Taliban TTP always quick to claim the spectacular, claimed to have shot down the helicopter using an air-to-ground missile, they rarely use in an area of ​​highly controlled Himalayas by the Pakistani army. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was to go to Gilgit, the capital of the region of Gilgit-Baltistan, but it was not expected in the remote village of Noman, where the accident took place. It was in no helicopters, according to several sources.

The toll of the disaster could rise. “There were children in school at the time of the crash,” said to AFP a senior official of a local hospital. “We were asked to send the largest possible ambulances to the scene, because the situation is urgent,” the official said, adding that the members of the delegation, left the national capital Islamabad, were evacuated by road or helicopter to the military hospital in Gilgit.

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