March 20, 2016 / 2:34 PM / 3 years ago

Indonesian military helicopter crash kills 10: official

The bodies of victims of Sunday's Indonesian military helicopter crash are loaded into a military cargo plane in Palu, Central Sulawesi province, Indonesia March 21, 2016 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. REUTERS/Basri Marzuki/Antara Foto

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Ten Indonesian military personnel were killed on Sunday when a military helicopter crashed in bad weather in Poso, Central Sulawesi, a government official said.

The helicopter was carrying 13 members army members. One is in critical condition while two more are still being searched for, Agus Barnas, an official at Indonesia’s Coordinating Ministry for Security Affairs, said.

Indonesian security forces are carrying out a major military operation in Poso and surrounding areas to hunt Santoso, Indonesia’s most high-profile backer of Islamic State.

Reporting by Agustinus Beo Da Costa; writing by Fransiska Nangoy; editing by David Clarke

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