8 policemen dead in helicopter crash

2011-06-11 22:28

Bogota - Eight policemen were killed on Saturday in north-eastern Colombia when their helicopter crashed because of an apparent mechanical problem, according to the Colombian military.

"Right now, we have seven people who unfortunately died at the crash site, and one who died after being evacuated," said Colonel Rafael Forero, who commands the military brigade in the region.

Among the dead soldiers were the helicopter's four crew and four members of the police anti-narcotics service.

Witnesses said the accident took place as the helicopter was taking off in the town of La Salina in Casanare province.

Four other police officers were injured in the crash and taken to the hospital in the provincial capital Yopal.