French Soldier Dies After Landmine Blows Up Vehicle in Mali

France has a large military presence in Mali. French soldiers assisted Malian forces in the aftermath of the attack on a luxury hotel in Bamako. REUTERS/Joe Penney

PARIS, Nov 26 (Reuters) – A French soldier has died after suffering injuries in Mali when his vehicle was attacked by “terrorist groups”, the French President’s office said in a statement on Thursday.

The soldier, who held a sergeant’s role in a parachute regiment, suffered the injuries in October in the north of Mali when a landmine blew up his vehicle, according to the statement.

France has a large military presence in Mali, which has witnessed attacks by Islamist militants in recent years, including one earlier this month on a luxury hotel in the Mali capital of Bamako.

Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda seized Mali’s desert north in 2012 following a separatist uprising but were scattered by a French military operation the following year.

The attack on the hotel in Bamako earlier this month came just a week after Daesh attacks in Paris killed 130 people.

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