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6 Pak Army personnel martyred as UN helicopter crashes in Congo

6 Pak Army personnel were martyred as a UN peacekeeping mission helicopter crashes in Congo on Tuesday.

The exact cause of the crash is yet to be ascertained.

At least eight UN peacekeepers including six Pakistan Army officers and soldiers were martyred after their helicopter crashed in the Democratic Republic of Congo it emerges on Tuesday.

According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), “Pakistan Aviation Unit is deployed in UN Mission Congo on peacekeeping duties since 2011. On Mar 29, 22 while undertaking a reconnaissance mission in Congo, 1 PUMA Helicopter crashed.”

The military’s media wing said that the exact cause of the crash is yet to be ascertained and eight UN peacekeepers on board including six Pakistan Army officers/soldiers have embraced martyrdom.

The martyred officials have been identified as Lt Col Asif Ali Awan, (Pilot), Maj Saad Nomani (Co-Pilot), Maj Faizan Ali, ​​N/Sub Sami Ullah Khan (Flight Engineer), Havaldar Muhammad Ismail (Crew Chief), and L/Hav Muhamad Jamil (Gunner).

Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his deep sense of shock and grief over the incident and paid tribute to the global peace effort by the country’s armed forces.

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