Senegal helicopter crash toll rises to 8

Dakar – The death toll in a Senegalese military helicopter crash has increased to eight on Thursday after two more people succumbed to their injuries, the army said.

The helicopter was carrying 20 people, including four crew, when it crashed into a mangrove forest in the southern coastal area of Missirah on Wednesday night.

The cause of the crash is still unclear.

Army spokesperson Abdou Ndiaye told AFP the death toll had risen from six to eight overnight and that three of the 12 injured remain in critical condition.

The director of the Kaolack hospital in central Senegal told the public APS press agency that some of the injured had been transferred to the capital, Dakar, for treatment.

Authorities have started an enquiry into the cause of the crash.

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