According to France 24 TV on January 3, French President Macron announced that on Saturday local time, several French soldiers were attacked by improvised explosive devices in vehicles in northeast Mali, killing two soldiers.
The article said that Macron’s office said in a statement that it was “deeply saddened” by the deaths of Sergeant Yvonne Huynh and Loic Risser’s first-class corporal in the Menaka area.
Sergeant Yvonne Huynh 33, was the first French female soldier to be sent to the Sahel since the beginning of the military operation.
Loic Rissel is 24 years old. Both of them belong to a unit specializing in intelligence work.”
Their vehicle crashed into an improvised explosive device during an intelligence operation,” Macron said of the incident on Saturday.
Macron also said that another soldier was injured in the explosion, but his life was not in danger.
According to the report, the death toll of French soldiers in Mali has reached 50 since January 2013 began military intervention to help repel extremist militants occupying parts of Mali.
France’s “Operation Buck Khan” dispatched about 5,100 soldiers scattered in the arid Sahel region to fight terrorist organizations with soldiers from Mauritania, Chad, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger.
It is worth noting that just on Monday (December 28), also in Mali, an improvised explosive device hit the armored vehicle carried by three French soldiers, killing all three of them.