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Three Swedish soldiers from Takuba injured by IED in Mali

(B2) The facts occurred on Wednesday (April 21) in the evening near Menaka in Mali. An improvised explosive device (IED) placed on the side of the road exploded as a Swedish patrol part of the European task force Tabuka passed by.

The Swedes provided Takuba with a quick reaction force with Blackhawk helicopters (B2 Archives - Credit: Försvarsmakten)

slightly injured

The explosion caused three minor injuries, announces the Swedish Ministry of Defense in a communicated. Their condition does not inspire concern. " Two of the soldiers returned to duty " quickly. The third stayed for a while. under medical supervision " to the hospital. " He is now back in his unit ».

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven sent a message of “speedy recovery”. " Last fall, I met some of those currently serving in Mali. I am proud of the efforts of the Armed Forces nationally and internationally - its women and men deserve our country's utmost respect. he said via Twitter.

Sweden is today the country that provides Takuba with its largest foreign detachment (read: Takuba. The Swedes on the spot in Mali).


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).