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British Helicopter Crashes In Iraq

British soldier in Al-Basrah (file photo) (epa) May 6, 2006 -- A British military helicopter crashed in the city of Al-Basrah in southern Iraq today.

Iraqi police said the helicopter crashed into a house in a residential area. Police said the helicopter may have been hit by a rocket, but that report has not been confirmed.

Britain's Defense Ministry confirmed that there were casualties, but did not say how many.

(AP, Reuters)

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