Twenty-Five Tajikistan Troops Die, Missile Suspected, AFP Says

As many as 25 members of the Tajikistan military may have been killed in a helicopter crash that could have been the result of a missile attack by Islamist rebels, Agence France-Presse reported, citing unidentified military officials.

The incident occurred following an increase in Islamist unrest in the east of the central Asia country, where 28 soldiers were killed last month in an ambush, the news service said.

The country’s national guard said in a statement that four members of the helicopter crew were killed and three wounded when the aircraft hit a power line and crashed into a river, AFP said.

A high-ranking Tajik military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said 18 members of the country’s elite Alfa military division were killed in the crash as well as seven of the national guard, the news service said.

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