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Africa News of Friday, 9 June 2023


Four Tunisian soldiers die in helicopter crash

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Four Tunisian soldiers on military duty have died after their helicopter crashed into the sea in the country’s north-west.

President Kais Saied on Thursday offered condolences to the bereaved families, saying the "accident cost the lives of four army men".

He said there was a need to "renew military equipment" as he met the country's defence minister following the incident.

President Saied also said such incidents could occur in any country – while admitting that the deterioration of some equipment in Tunisia "had led and continues to lead to such tragedies".

In 2021, three soldiers were killed in an army helicopter crash in the southern Gabes province – the findings of the investigations into that incident have not been released.