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President Emmanuel Macron’s office said an explosive device hit soldiers’ vehicle in Mali’s Menaka region on Saturday.

Two French soldiers were killed in Mali on Saturday when an improvised explosive device (IED) struck their vehicle, President Emmanuel Macron’s office said.

In one declaration, the French presidency said that the explosion occurred on Saturday morning in Mali’s eastern region of Menaka.

Sergeant Yvonne Huynh and Brigadier Loic Risser were killed during an “intelligence mission” in the area, the statement said.

A third French soldier also suffered non-fatal injuries.

This is the second time that French soldiers have been killed in Mali last week.

December 29 three French soldiers died after their armored vehicle struck an IED in the Hombori region of central Mopti province, Mali.

The Al-Qaeda-linked Islam and Muslim Support Group (GSIM) claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement released on Saturday by its propaganda platform, Al-Zallaqa.

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

Dozens of French soldiers have been killed in Mali since France first intervened militarily in January 2013 to help repel fighters who had invaded parts of the country.


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