A French soldier was killed in action in Mali on Friday morning, the French presidency announced in the evening, expressing “particularly strong emotion” from President Emmanuel Macron, who “reaffirms France’s determination in its fight against terrorism “.
His death brings to 52 the number of French soldiers killed in the Sahel since 2013 in the anti-jihadist operations Serval and then Barkhane.
On January 2, two soldiers including a woman, both from the 2nd Hussar Regiment of Haguenau (Bas-Rhin, east), were killed in their light armored vehicle (LAV) by an “improvised explosive device”, during a reconnaissance and intelligence mission.
Five days before, three soldiers of the 1st regiment of hunters of Thierville-sur-Meuse (Meuse, east)) had also been victims of a homemade bomb.
Both fatal attacks were claimed by the Support Group for Islam and Muslims (GSIM), affiliated with Al-Qaeda.