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Despise in Mali. Estonians shoot at British military bus (v2)

(B2) A minibus carrying British soldiers was targeted by the Estonian soldiers who operate with the French forces of Barkhane, on the base of Gao. B2 has confirmed

Estonian soldier in Operation Barkhane (Photo: DICOD/EMA – Archives B2)
  • The incident took place in August, but has only now been revealed by the British daily The Independant. It was confirmed to B2 by an Estonian official source.

A vehicle not identified in time

The Estonian soldiers who guard the French base at Barkhane had - it seems - not been warned of the arrival of this vehicle containing crews from the Royal Air Force who were to join parked Chinook helicopters on the base tarmac. According to the procedure, a “ unidentified vehicle » is suspicious. The soldiers therefore shot at him to stop him. Fortunately, the incident did not cause any injuries on either side.

Modified procedures to avoid repetition

There has been " an incident in Mali in August, in which Estonian troops manning a checkpoint opened fire on an unidentified vehicle Captain (Commander) Taavi Karotamm, head of the public affairs section of the Estonian Defense Forces, confirmed to B2. " All procedures were correctly followed by the Estonian troops. After the incident, an investigation was carried out. Based on the results of the investigation, the camp rules were adjusted to avoid similar situations in the future »

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

NB: the two UN bases and Operation Barkhane are co-located on the same site.

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).