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REFILE French soldier killed near Mali-Burkina Faso border

Europe
06.04.2017
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Paris (dpa) - A French soldier has been killed in Mali during operations near the country‘s border with Burkina Faso, the Defence Ministry in Paris said on Thursday.

Some 3,500 French troops, based mainly in Mali and Chad, are assisting security forces in the countries of the southern Sahara region in the fight against jihadist extremists.

The soldier‘s engineering unit was called in when an armoured vehicle was hit by an explosive device, but the engineers then came under direct fire, the ministry said.

The French units have been taking part in a joint operation with Burkinabe forces in the border area since early last week, according to the ministry.

 

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