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13 French soldiers killed as two helicopters collide in mid-air

AKIPRESS.COM - Thirteen French soldiers fighting Islamist insurgents in Mali have been killed after two helicopters collided in mid-air, Sky News reports.

No one survived the crash which happened as the aircraft were flying very low and "in total darkness" - making the operation more complex.

This is the deadliest incident involving the French military since 1983, when 58 paratroopers were killed in a truck bombing in Lebanon.

The troops who died in Monday's tragedy in the Liptako region near Niger were helping French commandos on the ground hunting down a group of extremists.

French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his "deep sadness" and called the soldiers "heroes" who "had only one goal: protecting us".

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