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    Four police officers were killed in a helicopter crash in the Hautes-Pyrénées.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Four police officers were killed in a helicopter crash in the Hautes-Pyrénées, a department in southwestern France, the country’s Interior Ministry announced.

    "Bernard Cazeneuve, the minister of Interior has learned with infinite sadness of the death this morning in the Hautes-Pyrénées of four servicemen of the National Gendarmerie," the ministry said in a Friday press release.

    The cause of the crash remains unknown.

    "While participating in an exercise in the massif of Vignemale, the helicopter in which they [officers] were travelling crashed in circumstances that remain to be established," the interior ministry said.

    According to local authorities, the wreckage of the helicopter has been found and a crisis unit has been activated in connection with the crash.

    French President Francois Hollande has expressed condolences to the families of the victims.

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