Algerian Mi-171 helicopter crash kills 12 soldiers

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At least 12 people killed and two seriously injured in a helicopter crash in the Sahara during a reconnaissance mission, Algeria’s Defense Ministry said.

The ministry said in a statement that a “technical failure” apparently caused the helicopter to crash Sunday between the towns of Adrar and Reggan in the Tamanrasset region.

The chief of staff of the Algerian armed forces ordered an investigation into the crash.

The statement did not elaborate on the reason for the mission.

Algeria’s security forces sporadically clash with Islamic extremists, notably members of Al-Qaida’s Algeria-based North Africa branch, according to a news agency.

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