PESHAWAR: At least five Afghan soldiers, including two pilots, were killed when a military chopper crashed in Farah province, officials said Saturday.

Local media quoted Dadullah Qaneh, a member of the provincial council, as saying the crash happened in Ranng village on Friday night at about 9:00pm. He said the helicopter was heading to Farah from 207th Zafar Military Corps when it crashed due to technical reasons.

No militant activity was reported in the area at the time of the chopper crash. The defence ministry said the cause of the crash is being investigated.

However, the Taliban militants claimed shooting down the chopper. However, the claim of the Taliban could not be confirmed from other sources.

In Afghanistan, both the government and militants often make exaggerated claims about gains in the battlefield. The access of independent media is not often possible in the conflict zones.