Accounts Differ Over Downed Helicopter in Panjshir

18 June 2022

However, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement that the helicopter came under attack after an emergency landing in Arzo valley of the province.

The Resistance Front released photos and claimed its members had shot down a helicopter in the central province of Panjshir, but the provincial governor’s spokesman denied the allegations and said that some of the imagery is old.  

The Resistance Front also claimed it had captured crew members.

“The areas are under the Islamic Emirate control. The crew has not suffered any casualties. What is being aired on social media, some of the footage is from the past,” said Abubakar Seddiqqi, a spokesman for the provincial governor.

However, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement that the helicopter came under attack after an emergency landing in Arzo valley of the province.

“One day ago, a helicopter (Mi 17) which was recently repaired and was on a training flight, made an emergency landing in Arzo valley. Based on initial information, after the emergency landing, the rebels set the helicopter on fire and then left the area. The Ministry of Defense will provide further details after a complete investigation,” the statement said.

Due to the lack of access to the area, TOLOnews cannot gather information about the claims.

“It is better that the Taliban talk about this vital issue and consider engagement and negotiations for resolving this matter. If the situation keeps going like this, undoubtedly, the situation of Afghanistan will change,” said Asadullah Nadim, a military veteran.

The leader of the Resistance Front, Ahmad Masoud, told the Al Arabiya TV Channel that the war in Afghanistan has been imposed on them.

He also said that if the Islamic Emirate changes its policies, he is ready to engage in negotiations.

War is imposed on us, this is not something that we enjoy. But we should fight because we don’t have any other option, Ahmad Masoud said.

The Islamic Emirate has not commented on Massoud’s remarks.

After the fall of the former government, the negotiations between Islamic Emirate forces and Resistance Front were conducted but the negotiations are yet to make any breakthrough.

Accounts Differ Over Downed Helicopter in Panjshir