French soldier died in a maintenance accident in Mali, minister says


French Defense Minister Florence Parli spoke at a press conference at Carlberg Castle in Stockholm, Sweden, on September 24, 2021. (Claudio Bresiani / TT News Agency, via Reuters)

Paris — French soldiers died in a maintenance accident in Mali on Tuesday, French Minister Florence Parli said Wednesday.

The military said in a statement that military personnel died after the truck cabin fell while working on the vehicle’s engine.

He also said he was investigating the exact cause of the accident.

The 29-year-old soldier was an Army mechanic.

French soldiers were killed last month in a clash with an armed militant group in Mali.

More than 50 French soldiers have died in the area since Paris deployed anti-terrorism forces to repel Islamic extremist groups that occupied cities and towns in northern Mali in 2013.

By Nicolas Delame, Matthieu Protard, and Myriam Rivet

Reuters

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