Pakistan: diplomats killed in helicopter crash
Ambassadors of Norway and Philippines killed as helicopter carrying diplomats crashes in Pakistan

At least two foreign ambassadors were among eight people killed in a helicopter crash in Pakistan on Friday.

The ambassadors of Norway and the Philippines, as well as the wives of the Malaysia, Phillipines and Indonesia ambassadors and three Pakistani army staff were killed in the crash, according to the Pakistan army's media wing, Inter Services Public Relations.

There were 18 people, including 11 senior diplomats, in the helicopter when it crashed in the northern Gilgit district, a popular skiing destination near the border with China.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the crash, claiming they attacked it thinking Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was riding in the helicopter, but the army said the crash was caused by a technical fault. The group is not active in northern Pakistan.

The injured included the Dutch, South African, Malaysian, Indonesian, Australian and Polish envoys to Pakistan.

Sharif called a day of nationwide mourning after the incident.

Last Modified: 2015-05-08 11:01:22
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