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Seven people were killed early Sunday after an Afghan army helicopter was shot down by Taliban militants in the northern province of Baghlan, a local official said. 

"The helicopter was delivering supplies to a military outpost in Tapa-e Qorghan area of Pul-e Khumri, the capital of the province," Mohammad Zarif Zarif, a provincial council member from Baghlan told dpa. 

Taliban militants also claimed responsibility for the incident, adding that the helicopter was going to an army outpost it had surrounded.

The dead were four Afghan airforce members and three Afghan soldiers.

However, the Afghan Ministry of Defence made no mention of the Taliban in its statement on the incident, saying that the helicopter had "caught fire due to technical issues" and crashed killing all on board. 

Meanwhile fighting between Taliban and Afghan forces in Kunduz, the capital of northern Afghanistan's most embattled province, entered its seventh day, with little advance on either side, while people continue to flee the city.  

The Taliban attack on Kunduz started last Sunday, a year after the militant group took hold of the strategically important city for two weeks before being driven out by Afghan forces.

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