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12 soldiers die in helicopter crash

Twelve Turkish soldiers died today in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

The Turkish military helicopter, a Sikorsky, was on an International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) mission when it went down.

Two young girls on the ground were also killed, officials said. A woman and another child were injured

A statement from the Turkish military said the cause of the accident was not known.

A house hit by the helicopter was reported earlier to have collapsed. Rescue workers were searching through the rubble to determine whether there were any more casualties.

Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu confirmed that a Turkish helicopter crashed near Kabul.

He told reporters it appeared that the helicopter crashed while trying to make an emergency landing and that the pilot tried to avoid houses.

Mr Davutoglu said the Turkish commander of the Kabul regional command has left for the area.

The aircraft went down in the Hassian Khail area of the Bagrami district of Kabul province.

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