Africa

French Soldiers Killed In Mali

The troops were taking part in an intelligence mission in the country’s north east.

Two French soldiers have been killed in Mali after their armoured vehicle hit an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), France has confirmed.

The personnel were taking part in an intelligence mission in the Menaka region of the country’s north east.

It is part of Operation Barkhane – aimed at fighting Islamist extremists in Africa’s Sahel region.

According to the French military, a third soldier was injured but is in a stable condition.

The incident comes just five days after three others died in similar circumstances.

The three were killed on Monday when their vehicle struck an IED during a military operation in Mali’s central Mopti province.

In a statement released late on Saturday, French President Emmanuel Macron spoke of his “great sadness”.

He referred to France’s determination “in its fight against terrorism” and paid tribute to the “courage” of French soldiers.

More than 5,000 French troops are deployed in West Africa on Operation Barkhane, which is also supported by UK personnel.

The number of French soldiers killed in the Sahel region since 2013 is now 50.

Cover image: Africa's Sahel region, where French and allied troops in Mali are fighing Islamic extremism (Picture: PA).