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12 Turkish Soldiers Killed in Afghan Crash, 2 Girls Killed on Ground

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

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the helicopter was one of two that took off on Friday.

“Unfortunately, the one in front came down for an unknown reason,” he said.

He said there were officers and noncommissioned officers on board.

VOA March 16, 2011

Turkey’s military says one of its helicopters has crashed into a house on the outskirts of the Afghan capital Kabul, killing 12 Turkish soldiers.

Authorities say the Sikorsky helicopter crashed into the house Friday in the Bagrami district.

The Turkish military said the aircraft belonged to the Turkish armed forces and was part of the NATO mission in Afghanistan.

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear.

In eastern Afghanistan, NATO says one of its service members died Thursday in a bomb blast.

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March 16, 2012 - Posted by | Afghanistan, ISAF, NATO, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , ,

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