6 French Soldiers Wounded In Mali Suicide Car Bomb Blast
Faizan Hashmi 1 month ago Tue 22nd June 2021 | 01:30 AM
Bamako, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 22nd Jun, 2021 ) :A suicide car bomber attacked French troops patrolling in central Mali on Monday, according to France's military, wounding six soldiers and four civilians including a child in the war-torn West African country.
The French soldiers, who were travelling in a vehicle, were on a reconnaissance mission near the town of Gossi to secure the area around a nearby forward operating base.
The army added that none of their lives were in danger.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a senior Malian military officer and a local elected official had earlier said that some soldiers were evacuated to the French army base in northern city Gao by helicopter.
Thousands of soldiers and civilians have been killed in the conflict and hundreds of thousands have fled their homes.
French President Emmanuel Macron announced earlier this month that he would wind down the Barkhane force.
France plans to refocus its energies on strengthening an international task force of special forces in Mali, known as Takuba.