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KOTA BAHARU : The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) will dispatch two C-130 Hercules aircraft to Ukraine to assist the Malaysia Airlines (MAS), MH17 Post-tragedy Investigation and Management Team in its operations.

MAF chief General Tan Sri Zulkefli Mohd Zin said a 15-member medical team had also been sent to the area.

“We are fully prepared to assist where we can,” he told reporters after breaking fast with officers and personnel at Masjid An-Nur Kem Desa Pahlawan, Eighth Infantry Brigade base here last night.

The post-tragedy investigation and management team left Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) for Kiev at 8 pm last night.

MH17 carrying 283 passengers and 15 crew was on its way to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam when it was believed to have been shot at, before crashing in Ukraine on Thursday.

The Boeing 777 left Amsterdam at 12.15 pm (Netherlands time) on Thursday and was to arrive at KLIA at 6.10 am (Malaysian time). – BERNAMA

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