The French presidency has just announced the assassination of another French soldier in Mali, during an attack on the Barkhane military camp on Saturday afternoon, January 22, 2022.

Brigadier Alexandre Martin becomes the 53rd French soldier killed in the fight in the Sahel since 2013.

The statement expressed President Emmanuel Macron’s “very strong emotion” at the announcement of the death of the soldier from the 54th artillery regiment of Hyères.

It also reiterates ” France’s determination to continue the fight against terrorism in the region, alongside its partners”.

The Head of State paid tribute to “ this soldier, who died for France in the accomplishment of its mission”.

“Deep sadness at the announcement of the death in combat of Brigadier Alexandre Martin on 01/22 in Gao, Mali. I salute his commitment. All my thoughts go out to his family, loved ones and brothers in arms.”

Last year, France recorded three deaths on the field and one accidental death among the soldiers deployed in the Sahel.

Source: AfrikPage