French army says it has killed two 'terrorists' in Mali

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The French flag is hoisted at Operational Desert Platform Camp (PfOD) as part of Operation Barkhane in Gao, Mali, August 1, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

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PARIS, July 22 (Reuters) - The French army has killed two members of the EIGS "terrorist" group, which France says has links to Islamic State, in Mali, French armed forces minister Florence Parly said on Thursday.

Parly's statement said the operation had taken place overnight in the Menaka region in co-ordination with the United States army.

"This latest operation highlights our determination to continue the fight against armed terrorist organisations, working alongside our partners in the Sahel and in co-ordination with our European and American allies," the statement said.

France is in the process of re-shaping its military presence in West Africa's Sahel region, which includes Mali, where France has been on the front line in the fight against Islamist militia groups. read more

Mali has been thrown into political turmoil since a military junta toppled President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in August 2020. read more

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Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta

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