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How many deaths by IED in Mali in recent years

(B2) The question was put to the Chamber of Deputies (Belgian) and the answer provided by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense, Philippe Goffin, on January 22.

Anti-IED search by the soldiers of Operation Barkhane (credit: EMA / DICOD April 2019 - B2 archives)

593 people were victims of the consequences of improvised explosive devices (IED) in Mali in 2018 and 459 - including 137 deaths - in 2019.

MINUSMA had 93 casualties – including 8 dead – in 2018 and 49 – including 5 dead – in 2019. The Malian security forces (FAMa) had 187 casualties in 2018 and 148 in 2019.

The other forces present had a total of 68 casualties in 2018 and 42 in 2019. French troops in Operation Barkhane lost 27 soldiers between 2013 and the end of 2018. IEDs caused the death of seven French soldiers.

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).