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Another military plane crashes, at least 12 dead

At least 12 people have died after a military plane crashed in Myanmar, according to a spokesperson for the fire department on Thursday.

The accident happened near the central city of Mandalay, the spokesperson told dpa.

The weather conditions were very bad, according to local reports.

Soldiers and Buddhist monks were on board.

The monks were to participate in a religious ceremony, according to reports.

The plane was en route from the capital, Naypyidaw, to the town of Pyin Oo Lwin and crashed shortly before landing, according to Myawaddy TV, a station run by the military junta.

Images have been posted on social media showing the crashed plane.

Since the military staged a coup in early February and toppled the civilian government, there have been protests across the country, despite a bloody crackdown by the regime.

According to the Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners, a non-profit organization, at least 858 people have been killed and more than 5,900 people have been detained since the military coup. (dpa / NAN)

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