French Soldier Deployed in Mali Dies in Accident – Land Forces

Soldier-ArmyFrench Cpl. Abdelatif Rafik died in an accident while deployed in Mali, as part of Operation Barkhane, the French Land Forces said Thursday.

“Dead on an operation abroad: the land forces are mourning the death of corporal Abdelatif Rafik of 14e RISLP [14th regiment of infantry and paratrooper logistical support],” the Land Forces said on Twitter.

According to the French military, Rafik was a driver of a multi-purpose logistic carrier vehicle within Operation Barkhane in Mali.

The corporal was killed while in a repair workshop during maintenance on a truck, as a tire exploded hurling him off.

Operation Barkhane is an anti-terrorist operation in Africa’s Sahel region that has been ongoing since 2014. It includes not only Mali, but Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania and Niger as well.

The corporal was killed while in a repair workshop during maintenance on a truck, as a tire exploded hurling him off.

Operation Barkhane is an anti-terrorist operation in Africa’s Sahel region that has been ongoing since 2014. It includes not only Mali, but Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania and Niger as well.