Taliban insurgents were responsible for the downing of a Canadian Chinook helicopter in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, the Canadian military confirmed Saturday.
The helicopter was brought down by small arms fire from insurgents, the military said at a briefing at the Kandahar base.
The small arms fire "caused a fire in the fuel line below the helicopter, forcing it come down," said the CBC's Cameron MacIntosh, who attended the briefing.
"When it landed, it burst into flames and the helicopter basically burned to the ground," he said.
Investigators went through the wreckage and found evidence that the chopper had been hit by small arms fire.
A senior military officer described it as "an extremely lucky shot," MacIntosh said.
The chopper made what military officials called a "hard landing" two days ago in Kandahar province's Panjwaii District, a volatile area under the
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