A top Afghan army general was killed Thursday in a helicopter crash in western Afghanistan, the Defense Ministry said.
Gen. Fazaludin Sayar was one of the Afghan army's four regional commanders, in charge of the entire west of the country.
The MI-17 craft hit bad weather in the morning and went down in the Adraskan district of Herat province, the ministry said in a statement. All 12 others aboard were also killed, the statement said. The helicopter had been headed to neighboring Farah province.
Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi corroborated the statement but said he did not have further details to provide.