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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

General killed in Pakistan crash

The Talibans would no doubt get a lot of mileage out of this crash. They would claim they brought the helicopter down. The GoP says it was a "technical fault." Kiani would be busy. Politicians are busy. People are busy. Bloggers are busy. And 12 days to go - t

Pakistani military helicopter
Helicopters are routinely used by the Pakistani army
A senior Pakistani army officer is among eight people killed in a helicopter crash in the restive South Waziristan region, the army says.

The army helicopter carrying Maj Gen Javed Sultan crashed because of a technical fault near the Afghan border, an army spokesman told the BBC.

Maj Gen Sultan was in charge of fighting pro-Taleban militants in North and South Waziristan.

The army says that two brigadiers are also among the dead.

The helicopter - which the military says was on a routine reconnaissance mission - reportedly came down between the towns of Jandola and Wana at roughly 1440 local time (0940 GMT).

The military says that everyone on board was killed.

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