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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

11 Perish in Helicopter

Eleven soldiers from a Russian border guard unit were killed when their Mi-8 helicopter crashed in the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan, officials said Monday.

It was the second major fatal accident involving Mi-8s in less than a week.

A border guard spokesman in Moscow said the helicopter, on a medical mission, flew into a blizzard and crashed near Shuroabad, a town in Tajikistan near the Afghan border.