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Gabon crash kills French soldiers

French teams search for the missing soldiers off gabon, 18 Januray
Search teams were at the scene

Divers searching for the crew of a French military helicopter that crashed into the sea off the African state of Gabon have found five more bodies.

Seven soldiers are now known to have died in the crash. Two survived the crash, and one is still missing.

Officials say the helicopter came down near Port Gentil shortly after taking off from a French naval vessel during a joint exercise with Gabonese troops.

There is as yet no word on the cause of the crash.

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French Defence Minister Herve Morin was travelling to the crash site.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy ordered him to oversee the rescue operation, a spokesman said.

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