U.N. Copter Crashes, Killing All 24 Aboard

From Times Wire Reports

A U.N. helicopter crashed and burned on a remote hillside in Sierra Leone, killing all 24 peacekeepers, aid workers and others on board. The cause was unknown.

A passenger manifest showed the victims were 14 Pakistani peacekeepers, a Pakistani police officer, a U.N. volunteer from Ghana, three Sierra Leone citizens, a Tanzanian working for the International Red Cross, a Ugandan and the three Russian crew members.

None of the nearly 12,000 U.N. peacekeepers in Sierra Leone is known to have been attacked since the civil war ended in 2002.