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13 killed in military copter crash in Colombia

Officials in Colombia say that a Colombian air force helicopter has crashed near the Caribbean coast and all 13 people aboard have been killed.

Atlantico state civil defense director Jorge Fernandez says the aircraft crashed in a field in a rural area of the town of Sabanagrande.

Two officials who spoke on condition of anonymity put the death toll at 13, comprising police and air force personnel. The aircraft caught fire as it fell to the ground.

Colombia's air force says on its website that the Bell 212 helicopter crashed at 4:30 pm and that the incident is under investigation.
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