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Two US soldiers dead in Morocco crash

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Two United States marines have been killed when their helicopter crashed southwest of Agadir in Morocco.

Another two soldiers were injured in the accident, which happened during joint military exercises with Moroccan forces on Wednesday.

The helicopter, reportedly a MV-22 Osprey, apparently crashed after taking off from the USS Iwo Jima warship.

The crash is now being investigated as a "helicopter incident", a US embassy official told the Reuters news agency.

It happened in a military training area during the annual "African Lion" joint military exercises at Cap Draa.

Around 1,200 US marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen have been in Morocco since the start of April.

The two wounded soldiers have been taken to a military medical facility in Guelmim, 730km (450 miles) south of the capital Rabat.

Further information is being withheld until the next of kin have been notified.

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