Egypt military aircraft crash kills six

2014-09-21 22:00
(Mohamed el-Shahed, AFP)

(Mohamed el-Shahed, AFP)

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Cairo - An Egyptian military aircraft crashed on a training mission on Sunday after a technical failure, killing six soldiers, the army said in  a statement.

The aircraft came down about 100km south of Cairo.

"During military training, a technical failure led to the crash of an aircraft carrying troops in Kom Aushim in the Fayoum province... killing six soldiers and injuring one," the army said.

No further details about the accident, including the type of the aircraft, were immediately available.

Army chief Sedky Sobhy ordered an investigation into the crash, the statement added.

Five soldiers were killed on 25 January when their helicopter was shot down by militants in the Sinai Peninsula where troops are battling an Islamist insurgency.

Militants have carried out deadly attacks against security forces in the peninsula and in cities including Cairo since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July last year.

Two policemen were killed and six people were injured on Sunday when a bomb exploded near a checkpoint outside the foreign ministry headquarters in the capital.

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