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Helicopter Crash in Colombia Kills 20


Army officials in Colombia say 20 soldiers have died in a helicopter crash during a drug eradication mission.

The officials say the Black Hawk helicopter went down Thursday near the town of Tumaco, in the province Narino. They say there was bad weather during the time of the crash.

The Black Hawk was part of a U.S. funded anti-drug effort called Plan Colombia. It supported military operations against drug traffickers and leaders of rebel groups.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, which has been fighting the Colombian government for 40 years, uses drug trafficking to finance its insurgency.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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