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Iraq: 2 Killed in US Helicopter Crash
VOA News
25 Feb 2004, 14:56 UTC
A U.S. military helicopter has crashed in a river in western Iraq, killing two people on board.

The U.S. military command in Baghdad says the crash, about 200 kilometers northwest of the capital, may have been caused by mechanical failure.

Two Kiowa helicopters were flying together near the Euphrates river town of Haditha when the crash occurred. Authorities said the second helicopter did not report any hostile fire.

The U.S. military has lost 14 helicopters in Iraq since May - most of them shot down by insurgents.

Meanwhile, in northern Iraq, gunmen have assassinated the deputy police chief of the city of Mosul. Authorities say unidentified attackers in a car opened fire on Brigadier Hikmat Mohammed as he drove to work Wednesday morning.

The Associated Press quotes a senior police officer as saying he believes the attackers who shot the deputy chief may have also been behind a bombing Monday in Kirkuk. That blast killed at least nine people, most of them policemen.

Hundreds of police officers and other Iraqis working with the U.S.-led coalition have been killed in suicide attacks throughout the country over the past several months.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AP.

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