Pakistan : An army helicopter has crashed in a mountainous part of northern Pakistan killing six people including the Philippine and Norwegian ambassadors.
It crashed during an emergency landing in the Gilgit-Baltistan territory.
The wives of the Indonesian and Malaysian envoys and two Pakistani pilots also died. They were to attend the opening of a tourism project.
The Pakistani Taliban (TTP) said they were behind the attack, but there is no confirmation of the claim.
“The helicopter was shot down by an anti-aircraft missile,” a statement emailed by Taliban spokesman Muhammad Khorasani said.
However military spokesman Asim Bajwa told Dawn newspaper that the crash had been caused by a technical fault. The area is not a stronghold of the Taliban.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was scheduled to attend the inauguration, but his aircraft turned back from Gilgit after reports of the crash.
(*Source : BBC)