ISIS claims the killing of a French soldier in Mali

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — A French soldier was killed during an operation Saturday in Mali after an “improvised explosive device exploded as his armored vehicle passed,” the French presidency said in a statement.

French Defense Minister Florence Parli said she would travel “very soon to Mali for talks with the Malian authorities.” The victim soldier is Ronan Pointo.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the bomb attack that killed the French soldier.

“Caliphate soldiers targeted a convoy of French troops near the village of Andeliman in the region of Ménaka in northeast Mali by detonating an explosive device,” the group said in a telegram statement.

President Emmanuel Macron praised the military’s “sacrifice” and stressed his solidarity “with his comrades in operations in the Sahel” and with troops in the Sahel countries “which pay a heavy tax in the fight against terrorism.”

He stressed “the full solidarity of the nation in these painful circumstances.”

Pointe died of his injuries “after an improvised explosive device exploded near Menaka in Mali” near the border with Niger, Barley said.

On Friday, 49 financial soldiers were killed near Menaka in the northeast in a “terrorist attack” claimed by the Islamic State.

“Amid deteriorating security conditions, the killing of Ronan Pointo shows that the battle against terrorist groups in the Sahel is not over,” Barley said in a statement.


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