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Mali: French Troops Kill One Civilian And Injure Two!

French troops under France army command in Mali have killed a civilian and wounded two others after a bus supposedly refused to slow down in a volatile area despite their visual warnings and warning shots. 

The incident occurred about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the city of Gao in Mali’s troubled north. 

The French soldiers fired warning shots in the ground but two bullets ricocheted and hit the windscreen, wounding three people, including one fatally, the French army command said. 

“The seriously wounded person was evacuated by helicopter to the hospital of the (French) Barkhane force in Gao, but died of his injuries,” it said. 

“All steps have been taken to ascertain the exact sequence of events,” it said, expressing its “sincere condolences to the family of the deceased.” 

The bus company director Abdoulaye Haidara, however, countered the explanation of the French army. He told AFP news agency that his driver had denied refusing to stop and did not hear any warning shots. 

Mali remains under the control of a junta that seized power some weeks after a coup. 

Swathes of its territory are outside of the control of central authorities and years of fighting have failed to halt an Islamic insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives since emerging in 2012. 

France has deployed more than 5,000 troops in its Barkhane anti-jihadist force in West Africa. But they have, unfortunately, failed to stop jihadist infiltration into the West African nation.

NEWS/PHOTO SOURCE: News Agencies/AFP

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