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Libyan army helicopter missing, possibly shot down

Updated Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 | 2:26 a.m.

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A Libyan military spokesman says an army helicopter with eight people on board has gone missing in the country's east and may have been shot down.

Colonel Ali al-Sheikhy says the aircraft went missing late Wednesday while en route to the city of Benghazi.

He says there was no word on the fate of its two-member crew and six passengers.

A regional security operations center in the coastal city of Ajdapia said the aircraft went down near the oil town of Ras Lanov.

A military official said the helicopter had come under fire, which forced it to change course before it went missing.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to media.