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Zambian Military Plane Crash Kills 13

Officials in Zambia say a military aircraft has crashed in the western part of the country, killing all 13 people on board.

The officials say the plane crashed shortly after it took off Wednesday from the town of Mongu, about 500 kilometers west of the capital, Lusaka.

At least 12 of the passengers onboard the plane were military officers.

Reuters news agency quotes Zambia's defense minister, Wamundila Muliokela, as saying the passengers were on a mission to distribute food to local people in Mongu struggling with the effects of drought.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AFP.