Algeria helicopter crash kills at least 12 soldiers – ministry


At least 12 Algerian soldiers were killed when a Mi-171 helicopter crashed in the south of the country, the Defense Ministry said on Sunday.

Further details were not immediately available. The crash occurred near Reggane town and two other soldiers were injured, the ministry said.

The helicopter was on a scheduled mission when it experienced a technical failure and came down near Reggane, Adrar province.

The Ministry of National Defence said in a statement that the commander of the 3rd Military Region had been transported immediately to the crash site to assess the extent of damage and supervise recovery operations. A commission of inquiry has been ordered into the accident by Lt Gen Ahmed Gaid Salah, Deputy Minister of National Defence, Chief of Staff of the National People’s Army.