Update: Sep 25, 2021 6:04 PM STI
Moscow [Russia], September 25 (ANI / Sputnik): French Chief of Staff Thierry Burkhard has confirmed media reports that a French soldier was killed during clashes with terrorists in Mali, West Africa.
“It is with deep emotion that I announce the death in combat, today, in Mali, of Master Corporal Maxime BLASCO, a hero who had already distinguished himself brilliantly during his previous engagements in the BSS [Sahel/Sahara area], especially during Operation Aconite [‘Aconite’] in June 2019, “Burkhard tweeted on Friday.
A press release attached to the tweet says members of an armed terrorist group were detected by a drone in the early hours of Friday morning near N’Daki Forest, and a two-helicopter patrol was quickly dispatched to them. neutralize. A group of combatants supported by the helicopters was deployed for the reconnaissance. During this operation, the group was attacked by other members of the armed group and Blasco was shot dead. He later succumbed to his injuries.
Burkhard sent his condolences to the family and friends of Blasco, who has participated in Operation Barkhane since 2014. The deceased soldier was 34 years old.
France has been leading Operation Barkhane against terrorist groups in the Sahel region in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, since August 1, 2014. Mali has been particularly destabilized since the military coup d’état of 2012, which sparked a Tuareg uprising in the north. from the country. The conflict is further complicated by the presence of various Islamic groups who also control areas in the north. (ANI / Sputnik)