Mali: 3 französische Soldaten sterben bei Landminenexplosion

Laut Angaben der französischen Regierung wurde das erste gepanzerte Fahrzeug eines Konvois der französischen Armee von einer Landmine getroffen. Eines der Besatzungsmitglieder war sofort tot, zwei weitere erlagen wenig später ihren Verletzungen. Dies ist die höchste Todeszahl seit Beginn des Anti-Terroreinsatzes Frankreichs in Nord-Mali 2013 (auf Englisch).

Explosive Kriegsreste in Mali © Ph. Houliat / Handicap International


BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The lead vehicle of a convoy struck a land mine laid by extremists in northern Mali, killing three French soldiers in the deadliest single incident for the former colonizer's forces in three years, officials said Wednesday.

About 60 vehicles were approaching the far northern town of Tessalit when the lead armored vehicle was hit Tuesday, according to the French Defense Ministry. A 19-year-old soldier died instantly while two others succumbed to their wounds in Gao, officials said.

Tuesday's explosion marked the highest toll since 2013 when the French-led operation pushed jihadis from power in the major towns of northern Mali. Those rebels have regrouped and launched a number of attacks in recent months.

"Three years later, northern Mali still isn't totally secured. The violence continues, the attacks continue. Today the jihadi movements are underground and so it's not easy to find them," said Lemine Ould M. Salem, a specialist who studies jihadi movements in Africa's Sahel region.

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