Two French troopers killed in Mali: French presidency

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President Emmanuel Macron’s workplace says an explosive machine hit the troopers’ car Saturday in Mali’s Menaka area.

Two French troopers had been killed in Mali on Saturday when an improvised explosive machine (IED) hit their car, President Emmanuel Macron’s workplace stated.

In a statement, the French presidency stated the blast occurred late Saturday morning in Mali’s jap area of Menaka.

Sergeant Yvonne Huynh and Brigadier Loic Risser had been killed whereas on “an intelligence mission” within the space, the assertion stated.

A 3rd French soldier additionally suffered non-life-threatening accidents.

That is the second time French troopers have been killed in Mali previously week.

On December 29, three French soldiers died after their armoured car hit an IED within the Hombori space of Mali’s central Mopti province.

The Al-Qaeda-linked Group to Assist Islam and Muslims (GSIM) claimed duty for that assault in a press release launched by its propaganda platform, Al-Zallaqa, on Saturday.

France has greater than 5,000 troops deployed in West Africa.

Dozens of French troopers have been killed in Mali since France first intervened militarily in January 2013 to assist drive again fighters who had overrun elements of the nation.