A Pakistani military helicopter crashed on Saturday in the restive Bajaur tribal region, killing three persons and injuring several others.

The Mi-17 transport helicopter went down in Nawagai area of the semi-autonomous Bajaur Agency, officials were quoted as saying by TV news channels.

The officials said three persons on board the helicopter were killed.

Local residents said they had seen smoke rising from the site of the crash. The cause of the crash could not immediately be ascertained.

The helicopter crashed hours after a US drone attack in Damadola area of Bajaur Agency killed 25 militants, including six foreign fighters, and injured several others.

The pilot-less plane targeted a compound where members of the local Taliban ‘shura’ or council were holding a meeting. The compound belonged to a close relative of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan deputy chief Maulvi Faqir Mohammad, whose son-in-law and nephew were killed in the strike.

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