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Turkish helicopter crashes in Afghanistan; 14 dead
Turkish military helicopter crashes into house in Afghanistan, killing 14 people
By The Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ' A Turkish military helicopter crashed into a house near the Afghan capital Friday, killing 12 Turkish soldiers on board and two young girls on the ground, Turkish and Afghan officials said.

The helicopter, a Sikorsky, was on a mission for U.S.-led NATO forces when it went down near Kabul, the Turkish military said in a statement. The cause of the crash was not immediately known.

"Twelve of our military personnel on board were martyred," said the Turkish military. "The cause of the accident will become clear after an inspection by teams."



The helicopter clipped one house and then crashed into another, said Sayed Qayum, who witnessed the aircraft go down.

The crash blew several large holes in the two-story brick house that was hit. Parts of the building were scorched black by fire, and wreckage of the helicopter was scattered outside. One piece had a red and white Turkish flag painted on it.

The Afghan Interior Ministry said the two people who were killed on the ground were young girls. A woman and another child were wounded, it said.

The aircraft went down in Hassian Khail area of Bagrami district of Kabul province.

The crash was the deadliest in Afghanistan for NATO forces since August. Then 30 American troops died when a Chinook helicopter was apparently shot down in Wardak province in the center of the country.

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Fraser reported from Ankara, Turkey.


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