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Sudan army says two crew dead in helicopter crash

Two Sudanese air force crew died on Thursday when their helicopter crashed in war-torn Blue Nile state, the army said, a week after another chopper went down in conflict-plagued South Kordofan.

The incident happened near the airport outside Ed Damazin, the capital of Blue Nile state, said army spokesman Sawarmi Khaled Saad.

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"A military helicopter on a training flight crashed into an electricity tower," he said.

Rebels claimed to have shot down the aircraft, although the Damazin area is government-controlled.

Insurgents of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) in Blue Nile and South Kordofan have been fighting for two years.

Last Friday the Sudan Revolutionary Front, a rebel coalition to which SPLM-N belongs, said it shot down a military helicopter in South Kordofan.

A witness there reported seeing smoke trailing from the aircraft above the town of Abu Kershola.

The military relies heavily on air power in its campaign against the SPLM-N, as well as in battle against rebels from Darfur, in Sudan's far west.

The air force fleet of Russian-made planes and helicopters has suffered a number of losses in recent years, with the military frequently blaming technical problems.

by Mamoon Durrani © 2013 AFP

Source : AFP

Published on ASDNews: Jun 6, 2013


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