Gen. Dawlat Waziri, spokesman for the Afghan defense ministry, speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. Fierce gun battles raged for a second day Tuesday across Afghanistan’s embattled northern city of Kunduz after the Taliban launched a multipronged attack on the city they briefly captured last year, while in the south they took control of a district. (AP Photo)

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (TIP): Eight Afghan soldiers were killed early Oct 10 morning when a military helicopter crashed in northern Baghlan province, officials said.

Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said that five crew members and three army soldiers were killed in the crash. The crash took place in Dand Ghori district while the helicopter was supplying a military base, he said.

Waziri blamed a technical problem with the aircraft and said he rejected any claims by insurgents to have downed the helicopter. One helicopter was on the ground while a second was patrolling in the air above, when suddenly a technical problem caused the helicopter to catch fire and hit the ground,” Waziri said.

However, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid issued a statement claiming responsibility for downing the helicopter, saying the aircraft was shot down by fighters. (AP)