France announces the death of a second soldier of the French Foreign Legion in a week of the same regiment in Mali
The French presidency announced on Monday the death of another French Foreign Legion soldier in Mali in a statement. The presidency said that the death of soldier Kevin Clement occurred during an operation against armed groups in the country, but gave no details. His death comes just three days after the death of another soldier from the same regiment at a military hospital near Paris after being seriously injured in an IUD explosion in Mali last week.
France has 5,100 men in Mali and in the wider Sahel region, but security has gradually deteriorated since its intervention in 2013 to stop a jihadist advance towards the Malian capital, Bamako. Thirteen soldiers died in a helicopter accident in Mali last November in the worst loss of troops in France in more than three decades.