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India delivers a pair of Mi-24 choppers to Kabul

IANS  |  Kabul 

on Thursday delivered the first pair of attack helicopters as replacement to the to help bolster the war-torn country's capability in counter insurgency and fight against terrorism.

Indian to handed over the helicopters to Acting at the base, TOLO News reported, citing a statement by the

"These are replacement for the four attack helicopters previously gifted by to in 2015," the statement said.

"The helicopters shall boost the capability of the and enhance the effectiveness of the in combating the scourge of terrorism," it said.

"Purchased from Belarus, the helicopters were handed over to the at an official ceremony, attended by the acting Asadullah Khalid, the Indian Ambassador, Afghan Air Force Abdul Fahim Ramin," said a post from Khalid's handle.

"Two more of the same type will be purchased and supplied to the Afghan Air Force in order to make the aerial operations more effective," according to another tweet from the acting Defence Minister's handle.

had first presented helicopters to in December 2015, the embassy said. India has been one of the largest donors to Afghanistan and has committed $3 billion in aid since 2001.

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 19:16 IST
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