Iraqi TV shows shots of downed US helicopter

Updated on Mar 24, 2003 03:33 PM IST

Iraqi TV broadcast images of a US helicopter, it claimed to have shot down in Karbala.

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PTI | ByAgence France-Presse/Reuters, Baghdad

Iraqi television on Monday broadcast images of what it said was a US helicopter shot down in Karbala, a Shiite Muslim pilgrimage city some 80 kilometers south of Baghdad.

The black Apache helicopter, which appeared intact, was still armed with guided missiles with US markings on them. Iraqis waving rifles surrounded the aircraft, which normally carries a crew of two.

There was no report on what happened to the pilot. It appeared the helicopter may have developed engine trouble, forcing the pilot to land.

US ground troops of the 3rd Infantry Division are moving on Karbala, one of the main Shiite Muslim shrines in Iraq.

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