Mali: French soldier accidentally dies during maintenance operation

the essential This Tuesday 12 October, soldier Adrien Quelin accidentally died as part of the Operation Barkhane in Mali. The housekeeper was engaged in a maintenance operation.

The soldier Adrien Quelin died this Tuesday 12 October in an accident, announced this morning on Twitter Florence Parly, the Minister of the Armed Forces. House Marshal, he was engaged in Operation Barkhane in Mali.

This 29 year old mechanic from the 4th Gap Hunter Regiment, “was performing maintenance on a truck. He was seriously injured by the rocker. the cab of this truck while he was working on the engine of the vehicle, “according to a statement. “Despite the immediate support by the emergency services on the spot, he could not be resuscitated. He died of his injuries. An investigation is underway to determine the exact circumstances of the accident”, continues the Staff.

Single and childless, Marshal Quélin is the 7th French soldier to die accidentally in the Sahel since 2013 in the anti-jihadist operations Serval then Barkhane. 52 soldiers also died in combat over the same period. “I salute his commitment and bow to his memory,” Defense Minister Florence Parly said in a tweet.

The Maréchal des Logis Adrien Quélin died following an accident during ” a maintenance operation in Timbuktu in Mali. I salute his commitment and bow to his memory. My thoughts are with her family, loved ones and brothers in arms.

– Florence Parly (@florence_parly) October 13, 2021

General Pierre Schill, Army Chief of Staff and Gabriel Attal, government spokesperson, also expressed their “great sadness” on Wednesday. Paris undertook in June to reorganize its military system in the Sahel, notably by leaving the northernmost bases of Mali (Kidal, Timbuktu and Tessalit) and by planning to reduce its personnel in the region by 2023 to 2 52 – 3 men, against more than 5 today while relations between Paris and Bamako have deteriorated

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