Malaysian envoy's wife killed in Pakistan chopper crash

Malaysian envoy's wife killed in Pakistan chopper crash

PETALING JAYA - The wives of the Malaysian and Indonesian ambassadors to Pakistan were among six people killed when a military helicopter crashed into a school in northern Pakistan, according to reports.

Bernamadotcom identified the wife of the ambassador as Datin Habibah Mahmud.

Norwegian envoy Leif H. Larsen and Philippines ambassador Domingo D. Lucenario Jr were also said to be on the flight along with two pilots. Polish ambassador Andrzej Ananiczolish and Dutch ambassador Marcel de Vink were also injured, the army said.

AFP reported a convoy of three helicopters was carrying a delegation of foreign diplomats and their aides to Pakistan's Gilgit-Baltistan territory, which is part of the disputed Kashmir region, where they were set to meet with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

"Update Naltar: info so far; two pilots and two-three foreigners fatalities. Thirteen survivors with varying degree of injuries," tweeted Asim Bajwa, Pakistan's army spokesman.

"It was a diplomatic trip with members of 37 countries in total," said a passenger in one of the helicopters, who requested anonymity, adding that the school had caught fire after the crash.

"We have been told to send in as many ambulances as we can because the situation there is 'urgent'," said a senior official.

The injured were being air lifted to a military hospital in Gilgit, the region's administrative capital, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) to the southwest, added another senior local police official.

In the city of Gilgit, a hospital official said injured were being carried on stretchers to the emergency ward of the Combined Military Hospital.

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