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Mali 13 French soldiers have died in two helicopter collision with each other

Mali 13 French soldiers have been killed when two helicopters collided in the air on Monday, says French presidential office.

the Accident happened Monday evening north of the country in the middle of a military operation. The French soldiers had been nokittain jihadist fighters.

The jihadists have been in recent weeks, many of the deaths that led to Northern Mali, the attacks on the back, tell the office of the president.

among the Dead is among six officers. Monday accident casualties, including a French soldier died in Mali a total of 38, after the French intervened in the situation in the country in 2013.

France is the country in troops of about 4 500 as part of its barkhan is operation. Mission the overarching goal of local security forces training. The soldiers, however, are also involved in counter-insurgency operations.

Accident report

the Accident has initiated the report, told the French defense minister Florence Parly in a statement.

the defense ministry according to sources, the Tiger-combat helicopter crashed into the army of the bigger Cougar-transport helicopters.

the president's administration according to the president of France Emmanuel Macron, showed the victims ' families and close his condolences and assure them the land rock-solid solidarity.

heli kopteriturman was the French army's largest single loss since 1983. At that time the Lebanese capital Beirut at the Drakkar building was hit. In the attack killed 58 paratroopers of the members.

Helicopters of the French army base in Mali. Michele Cattani / AFP

in Mali there have been numerous insurgent attacks that have targeted, among other things military outpost positions. Only at the beginning of November, died a few days 50 people.

Mali is located in Africa in the Sahel region. The region has had plenty of jihadist activities after 2012. Jihadists attacks have suffered in the Sahel region including Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad.

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