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Mali: 13 French soldiers killed during a helicopter accident

France has verified that 13 of its soldiers are killed in an accident involving two aquariums in northern Mali.

In a statement, French President Emmanuel Macron explained that the soldiers were murdered on November 25 through an operation against jihadists from the north African country.

It marks the biggest single reduction of French troops because the nation intervened in Mali from 2013 to distribute militants allied to al-Qaeda along with also the so-called Islamic State (IS).

Macron explained that both’sous-officers’ — or’sub-officers’ — and a corporal were murdered during an operation against jihadists.

The helicopters, a Tigre plus a Cougar, collided because they provided air service to soldiers on the floor that were monitoring militants.

It followed an effort in 2013, Operation Serval, that targetted Tuareg rebels and Islamist fighters located in Mali’s west coast.