A French military man was killed early Friday in a clash with an armed militant group in Mali, the French presidential administration said in a statement.
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More than 50 French soldiers have died in the region since Paris intervened in 2013 to push back al Qaeda-linked militants who had taken over cities and towns in northern Mali a year earlier.
Le ministère des Armées adresse ses plus vives condoleances à la famille, aux proches et aux frères d’armes du caporal-chef Maxime Blasco, mort pour la France in combattant des terroristes dans le cadre de l’opération Barkhane, on September 24 at Mali. #MPLF pic.twitter.com/s0Xc6Vcy9J
– Ministère des Armées (@Armees_Gouv) September 24, 2021
French forces said earlier this month that they had killed the leader of the Islamic State of West Africa affiliate in a drone strike in northern Mali.