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2015.10.12 10:17

Lithuanian army officer injured in helicopter crash in Afghanistan

DELFI.lt 2015.10.12 10:17

A Lithuanian army officer was injured in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Sunday, BNS reports.

A Lithuanian army officer was injured in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Sunday, BNS reports.

The joint staff of the Lithuanian armed forces has reported that the crash happened at 11.50 AM on Sunday in the territory of the NATO training mission Resolute Support in Kabul.

The injured Lithuanian officer, identified as Major P.M., was immediately taken to a military hospital in Bagram. His life is not in danger, a Lithuanian army spokesman has informed on Monday.

"The helicopter was conducting a flight from the airbase of Kabul International Airport to the mission Resolute Support headquarters," Brigadier General Vilmantas Tamošaitis, chief of the Lithuanian army's joint staff, said on Sunday. "It is a very unexpected and shocking piece of news for us and our colleagues, their relatives. The Lithuanian officer is in treatment in the Bagram military hospital in Afghanistan."

The injured officer's family had been informed, he said.

Five people were killed as the Puma Mk2 helicopter crashed.

NATO's Resolute Support mission, which was launched after its combat mission ended, consists of more than 13,000 troops from 42 countries, including 20 from Lithuania.