13 killed as Afghan military helicopter crashes

January 15th, 2009 - 7:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Kabul, Jan 15 (Xinhua) Thirteen Afghan security personnel, including a top general, were killed Thursday after a military helicopter crashed into mountainous area in western Afghanistan, a defence ministry statement said.”A top army general and 12 officers were killed as a helicopter of Afghanistan National Army (ANA) crashed due to bad weather in west of the country,” the statement said.

General Fazal Ahmad Sayar, who was the military in-charge of west Afghanistan, along with 12 personnel of ANA were flying from Herat to Farah province by a M-17 helicopter when it crashed at around 10:30 a.m., killing all on board, the statement added.

Snowfall and cloudy weather has been continuing in parts of Afghanistan over the past four days.

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