Private helicopter downed in Iraq

The number of passengers on board and their fate is unknown.

    Helicopters have become a popular
    target for fighters [GALLO/GETTY]

    An Iraqi newspaper said the helicopter crashed during heavy clashes in which Iraqi security elements attempted to arrest the imam of al-Masraf mosque.

    On Friday, a US Army Blackhawk helicopter was shot down northeast of Baghdad, killing 12 US troops.

     

    A Pentagon official said there was evidence in the wreckage that it may have been shot down by a surface-to-air missile.

     

    US military officials in Baghdad have not confirmed that and say an investigation into the crash is continuing.

     

    In a statement which was obtained by Al Jazeera, the Islamic army in Iraq has said it was responsible for the attack on the helicopter

     

    US soldier killed

     

    In Ramadi, ten civilians were injured in clashes between armed men and US troops, while in Haditha, local residents found nine bodies. In Biji, five Iraqi soldiers were killed when an explosive device blew up.

     

    The Iraqi police said a US military vehicle was destroyed and one soldier was killed when a US patrol was attacked by an explosive device in al-Tahrir district south of Baquba.

     

    The US troops sealed off the site of the attack and searched the vicinity for the perpetrators, but none were found.

     

    Seven British soldiers were wounded in Basra, five in a car crash and two in a rocket attack, a military spokeswoman said.

     

    The five injured in the car crash were in a SUV that was hit from the rear by a civilian car. The rocket attack targeted a British base at Basra Palace said Katie Brown.

     

    US forces killed nine insurgents and wounded nine in three separate incidents in the western Iraqi town of Ramadi, the US military said in a statement.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and Agencies


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