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Norway, Philippines Ambassadors Killed in Pakistan Chopper Crash: Army

A Pakistan military helicopter carrying diplomats to the launch of projects in northern Pakistan crashed killing six people including two ambassadors.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A Pakistan military helicopter carrying diplomats crashed on Friday killing six people, including the ambassadors of Norway and the Philippines and the wives of the ambassadors of Malaysia and Indonesia, the army said.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was traveling to the mountainous northern region of Gilgit on a separate aircraft to launch two projects when the accident happened. He returned to Islamabad, his office said.

Military spokesman Asim Bajwa said in a Twitter post that as well as the four foreigners, the two pilots were killed. He said the ambassadors of Poland and the Netherlands were among the injured.

Media said 11 foreigners and six Pakistanis were on board the MI-17, which crashed into a school Gilgit and caught fire.

Soldiers gather beside an army helicopter at a military hospital in Gilgit, Pakistan, where victims of Friday's crash were brought for treatment.FARMAN KARIM / AFP - Getty Images
— Reuters