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A soldier dies in a maintenance accident in Mali, according to spokesman for the ministry

A soldier dies in a maintenance accident in Mali, according to spokesman for the ministry

A French soldier died in Mali on Tuesday in a maintenance accident, according to armed forces minister Florence Parly on Wednesday.

The military said in a statement that the serviceman died after the truck cabin fell while he was working on the vehicle's engine.

It also stated it is investigating the exact causes of the accident.

The soldier, who was 29, worked as a mechanic specialist for the army.

Earlier this month, a French soldier was killed in scuffle with an armed militant group in Mali.

More than 50 French soldiers have died in the region since Paris deployed a counterterrorism force in 2013 to halt Islamist militant groups that had taken control of cities and towns in northern Mali. read more

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