French soldiers killed in Mali helicopter collision

  • Wednesday 27, November 2019 08:47 AM
Sharjah 24 – AFP: Thirteen French soldiers were killed in Mali when two helicopters collided during an operation in the country's restive north, officials said Tuesday, the heaviest single loss for the French military in nearly four decades.
The accident occurred late Monday when three helicopters and a squadron of Mirage jets arrived to support ground troops in the Liptako region, near the borders of Burkina Faso and Niger, the defence ministry said.

The accident brought to 41 the number of French troops killed in the Sahel region.

Defence Ministry Florence Parly said Monday's operation was particularly risky because it took place in "total darkness" on a moonless night, but the exact cause of the collision remains unknown.