25 killed in Afghan Army helicopter crash

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In a catastrophic incident, all 25 people on board were killed after an Afghan army helicopter crashed in the western Afghanistan on Wednesday, officials said.

The head of the Farah provincial council and the deputy army cops commander of the Afghan Army were said to be among the officials on board.

According to Farah provincial governor spokesman Nasir Mehri, the aircraft crashed due to “bad weather” in Anar Dara district.

However, the Taliban claimed that the militants shot it down.

Both pilots and 23 passengers were killed in the crash.

Sources said, the helicopter hit a mountain peak in poor weather en route to neighbouring Herat province.

According to the reports, senior officials frequently travel by helicopter in regions where the Taliban has a large presence.

More details are awaited.