Two French soldiers die in Mali after vehicle hits mine

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 10:58 AM

One soldier was announced deceased on Tuesday after the vehicle struck an explosive device during a patrol in the restive N of the country. The latest deaths get the French army casualty toll to seventeen since Paris intervened in its former colony in January two thousand thirteen to oust Islamist militants.

Two French soldiers have died in Mali after their heavy armored vehicle hit a land mine, taking the no of people killed in the incident to three, French President Francois Hollande'south office said on Wednesday.

One soldier was announced deceased on Tuesday after the vehicle struck an explosive device during a patrol in the restive N of the country.

The latest deaths get the French army casualty toll to seventeen since Paris intervened in its former colony in January two thousand thirteen to oust Islamist militants.

It underlines persistent insecurity in the region a mo after al Qaeda'south African arm claimed responsibility for an attack on a luxury shore hotel in Ivory Coast in retaliation for French military operations in West Africa.

(Reporting By John Irish; Editing by Brian Love)

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