A German military helicopter crashed in Gas Region, Mali.
‘Tiger’ attack helicopter assigned to the United Nations peacekeeping mission reported crashed in the West African nation’s desert north on Wednesday,
There was no information on the fate of the helicopter’s two German crew members or the cause of the crash, which occurred in the Gao region at around midday, spokesman Ahmad Makaila said.
Germany increased its commitment to MINUSMA earlier this year with the deployment of eight attack and transport helicopters as well as 350 additional soldiers.
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The crash comes at a politically sensitive time in Germany with just weeks to go to a national election in which Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking a fourth term.
Merkel’s Social Democratic challengers have raised questions about increasing military spending to reach a NATO target of 2 percent of economic output, and recently blocked plans for leasing an armed drone to support German troops, for instance, in Mali.