French Foreign Legion soldier dies in combat in Mali

A soldier of the French Foreign Legion was killed in action in Mali, the presidential palace of the Élysée Palace announced on Monday in a press release.

First-class legionnaire Kévin Clément was killed on Monday during an operation against armed terrorist groups in Mali, the French presidential office said.

Clement’s death came days after another soldier from the French Foreign Legion, Brigadier Dymyto Martynyouk, died of his injuries during the fighting in Mali.

France began its military operations there in 2013, after maliasing it to help reclaim the territory seized by Islamist extremists who had hijacked a Tuareg rebellion in the desert regions of the north of the country the previous year.

The French army succeeded in this initial task – but the deadly jihadist insurgency has since spread throughout Mali and across the border with Niger and Burkina Faso.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)