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Two U.S. Pilots Killed In Chopper Crash

27 June 2005 (RFE/RL) -- The U.S. military says the two-man crew of a U.S. Apache attack helicopter died today when it crashed 40 kilometers northwest of Baghdad.

The aircraft crashed near the town of Mishahda.

The cause of the crash has not been disclosed.

In Baghdad, meanwhile, a roadside bomb killed two Iraqi civilians. Haris al-Niimi, a member of a local district council, described the scene of the killing.

"At about 8:30 this morning, as we were sitting outside the house, we heard a loud explosion, so we went to look and we found a car damaged and two martyrs inside it and when we asked we found out that it was a roadside bomb planted behind the concrete slab in the street," al-Niimi said.

Also in Baghdad, the international airport reopened following a two-day shutdown over a contract dispute between the government and a London-based firm that ensures security.

(compiled from agency reports)

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