Five Malian soldiers die in helicopter crash

Five Malian soldiers died Friday when their helicopter crashed in the centre of the war-torn west African nation, local government and army sources told AFP.

"The crash of a Malian army helicopter killed all five passengers, Malian soldiers. This happened near Sevare. The Malian army is in mourning," a local official from the Mopti regional administration told AFP.

A Malian military source confirmed the incident, saying a colonel was among the five dead and the cause was mechanical failure.