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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Musharraf's Escort Falls in Flames

MUJHOI, Pakistan -- A helicopter accompanying President Pervez Musharraf to quake-hit Kashmir crashed in flames Monday, killing four people on board, officials said. The president was unhurt but his spokesman was among five injured.

The army said it had launched an immediate inquiry to establish the cause of the crash that chief spokesman Major General Waheed Arshad blamed on a "technical fault."

The army Puma helicopter was one of three choppers that officials said took Musharraf and aides to Pakistan's portion of the disputed Himalayan region to commemorate the second anniversary of the Oct. 8, 2005, earthquake that killed nearly 80,000 people.

Arshad said Musharraf had already reached his destination when the accident occurred. State television later aired footage of him touring the quake zone Monday.

Witnesses said there was no indication of hostile fire but it revives concern about the safety of the U.S.-allied general, who has survived several assassination attempts.

n Up to 50 Pakistani troops were missing amid fierce fighting Monday with pro-Taliban militants near the Afghan border that has already left scores dead, the army said.

The troops disappeared after militants attacked security posts and a foot patrol near the town of Mir Ali in the North Waziristan region, an army statement said.