Indonesian envoy succumbs to wounds sustained in Pak chopper crash

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 19, 2015 09:56 IST

Indonesia’s ambassador to Pakistan Burhan Muhammad succumbed to injuries sustained in a helicopter crash early on Tuesday, taking the number of envoys killed in the incident to three.

Muhammad had been in a critical condition as he suffered 75% burns when the Mi-17 military helicopter crashed in Gilgit-Baltistan region in the country’s north on May 8. He died in Singapore General Hospital, the Indonesian media reported.

“True, he has passed away at 00:50 local time,” Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Lestari Marsudi was quoted as saying by She said the envoy’s body will be brought to Indonesia on Tuesday.

On May 12, Muhammad was flown from Pakistan to Singapore for treatment. His condition improved after surgery but he had been in intensive care.

Muhammad’s wife Heri Listyawati Burhan Muhammad and the ambassadors of Norway and the Philippines were among the seven people killed when the helicopter crashed into a school in the remote Naltar Valley.

The helicopter that crashed was one of three carrying a delegation of ambassadors to inspect projects in Gilgit-Baltistan, where they were set to meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The military and Pakistan's Foreign Office said the crash was due to a technical fault while landing.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed they had targeted the helicopter with a ground-to-air missile, hoping to assassinate Sharif who was flying to the region at the same time but the claim was rebutted by officials and ey-witnesses, including foreign secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry.

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