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All 7 crew members killed in Iraqi military helicopter crash

The cause of the accident was not immediately known.

world Updated: Nov 12, 2017 14:08 IST
Associated Press
Associated Press
Associated Press, Baghdad
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The Russian-made Mi-17 helicopter crashed in the central Wasit province.(Reuters/Representative image)

Iraq’s Defense Ministry says a military helicopter has crashed during a training exercise, killing all seven crew members on board.

The statement says the Russian-made Mi-17 helicopter crashed Sunday morning in the central Wasit province. The cause of the accident was not immediately known.

The province is located about 100 miles (160 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, far from the front lines of the war with the Islamic State group.

US-backed Iraqi forces have driven the extremists from nearly all the territory they once controlled, with some fighting still underway near the western border with Syria.

First Published: Nov 12, 2017 14:08 IST