25 killed in Afghan army helicopter crash

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – An Afghan army helicopter carrying 25 people crashed in western Afghanistan on Wednesday (31), killing all those on board, officials said.

The aircraft crashed due to “bad weather” in Anar Dara district, which borders Iran, Farah provincial governor spokesman Nasir Mehri said.

The Taleban claimed its militants brought it down. Both pilots and 23 passengers were killed.

Among the dead were the deputy army corps commander for western Afghanistan and the head of the Farah provincial council, Mr Mehri said.

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