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Two paratrooper hussars killed in Mali

(B2) Two soldiers from the French Barkhane operation in the Sahel were killed in operation on Saturday (September 5) in Mali. The first class brigadier-in-chief ST (*) and the first class paratrooper hussar Arnaud Volpe, were mortally wounded " after the destruction of their armored vehicle by an improvised explosive device (IED), this morning during an operation in the region of Tessalit in Mali “Said the Elysée in a press release.

A third soldier was seriously injured in the explosion. Its state " is stable, but its vital prognosis remains reserved “ indicates the staff of the armies. They belonged to the 1st Parachute Hussar Regiment (RHP) of Tarbes. The rapid reaction force was activated, supported by two Mirage 2000 D aircraft.

« The determination of the Barkhane force is in no way undermined against an enemy still capable of delivering blows says the Chief of the Defense Staff, General Lecointre.


*Name has not been released at the request of the family.

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).