Three French soldiers killed by landmine in northern Mali


14 Apr 2016

Three French soldiers killed by landmine in northern Mali

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Three French soldiers killed by landmine in northern Mali
Three French soldiers killed by landmine in northern Mali

Three French soldiers have died after their armoured car hit a landmine in Mali, the French presidency said.

According to reports, one soldier died immediately from the explosion on Tuesday while the others died later from their wounds.

The car was leading a convoy of about 60 vehicles travelling to the northern desert town of Tessalit when it hit the mine.

The troops were part of Operation Barkhane, under which france has about 3,500 soldiers deployed across five countries in the Sahel region, south of the Sahara desert, to combat the jihadi insurgency there.

France has had troops in Mali since 2013 when it led an operation to oust jihadists who had seized the north.

On Tuesday, President Francois Hollande expressed his condolences on news of the first death, paying “deep respect for the sacrifice of this young soldier in the service of our country

The UN is also trying to restore peace to northern Mali and currently has more than 11,700 UN peacekeepers in the country.

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