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Paris: Two French soldiers were killed in an operation in Mali

The French presidency reported this evening, Saturday, that two French armed forces soldiers were killed during a military operation in Mali.

The French presidency stated, in a statement, that the two soldiers were from the paratrooper forces and were killed on Saturday morning by an explosive device that targeted their armored vehicle.

The statement stated that the military operation in which the two soldiers participated was taking place in a rural area in the northeast of the country.

In 2014, France deployed 5,000 soldiers in the Sahel region, which includes Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina-Faso and Chad, as part of a large operation to combat militant armed groups.

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