Helicopter crash kills 25 in Afghanistan

Helicopter crash kills 25 in Afghanistan
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Kabul: An Afghan official says an army helicopter carrying senior officials has crashed in bad weather in the western Farah province, killing all 25 on board.

Naser Mehdi, a spokesman for the provincial governor, says the helicopter crashed around 9:10 a.m. (0440 GMT), shortly after taking off from the mountainous Anar Dara district heading toward nearby Herat province.

He says the passengers included the deputy corps commander of Afghanistan’s western zone and the head of the Farah provincial council.