Local officials said the helicopter was flying a security mission following a missile attack on the city in which six Iraqis were killed and 33 were injured, the Kuwaiti news agency KUNA reported.
The crash occurred during a sandstorm in the al-Ibrahimiyah area in east Karbala, south of Baghdad, officials told China's state-run Xinhua news agency. The helicopter was part of a security detail charged with protecting Shiite pilgrims traveling to Karbala to commemorate the birth of Imam Mahdi, the last of the 12 most revered Shiite imams.
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