Two French Military Personnel Killed in Operation in Mali

France has deployed over 5,000 troops serving in its Barkhane anti-jihadist force in West Africa/AFP

The two soldiers were killed after their armored vehicle was stricken by an improvised explosive device, the Elysee Palace said in a statement on Saturday evening. According to the statement, a third serviceman was injured in the blast.

The two soldiers killed were a Brigadier-Chief First Class Sergeant and Hussar Parachutist First Class Arnaud Volpe.

They belonged to the 1st Parachute Hussar Regiment of Tarbes.

The blast took place on Saturday morning in Tessalit province of the northeastern Malian region of Kidal.

Earlier in the day, a military source said that three servicemen have been injured in an explosion of a French military vehicle.

Some 4,000 French soldiers have been stationed in Mali since 2013 as part of the Barkhane operation, which is conducted by France in Africa's Sahel and aims to fight terrorism and stabilize the situation so that the region's countries can maintain security on their own.