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French soldier, about 20 Islamists killed in clash in Mali

Oct 30, 2014    

PARIS (Reuters) - France said on Wednesday a French soldier and about 20 Islamist militants were killed during a fierce clash in northern Mali near the Algerian border earlier in the day.Le Drian's office said in a statement that French forces had battled a militant group of some 30 fighters in the Tigharghar valley, part of the mountainous Adrar des Ifoghas area."Particularly violent combat took place. Our soldier was mortally hurt and two of his comrades were wounded." The offices of President Francois Hollande and Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian both confirmed the death on Wed...

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