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Violent clash between the Barkhane force and jihadists in northern Mali. 1 soldier killed

ThomasDupuy@Def1410(B2) French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced this on Wednesday afternoon (October 29) before the National Assembly in Paris, before the discussion of the 2015 defense budget. This night (from October 28 to 29) as part of a planned operation to fight against jihadist movements, a violent clash opposed, in northern Mali, in the Tigharghar massif, the Barkhane force to a large armed terrorist group of AQIM type », a terrorist camp sheltering around thirty individuals. “ The fighting has just ended ».

(Maj 21 p.m.) The Minister of Defense indicated in the evening that a soldier had been killed and 2 others injured in this action. One of the wounded soldiers is currently supported by Tessalit's advanced surgical antenna. The life of this soldier is not in danger » indicates the General Staff of the Armed Forces which adds that a “ twenty terrorists were neutralized ».

32 years old, Thomas Dupuy belonged to the Commando Parachutiste de l'Air N°10, based in Orléans.. He notably served in Afghanistan in 2011, before joining the Sahel theater last August. He was a recognized specialist in the fields of air support, operational transmissions and very high opening jumps” indicated JY Le Drian “ saluting the courageous commitment » of the non-commissioned officer.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).