French soldier killed in anti-insurgency operations in Mali

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PARIS – The French Defense Ministry said on Saturday that a French soldier had been killed in Mali during operations against “armed terrorist groups”.

A military tanker belonging to the French operation Barkhane was hit by an improvised explosive device on April 23 in the Liptako region, in south-eastern central Mali.

Two soldiers were injured by a device and were immediately treated. One is currently in stable condition but the other has died from his injuries.

In a statement on Saturday, General François Lecointre, Chief of the Defense Staff, expressed his “deep sadness at the memory of this soldier who died for France”.

Operation Barkhane, which succeeded Operation Serval but has a much broader geographic scope, targets Islamist groups in the Sahel region of Africa.

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