Three French soldiers killed in Libya

Gov't admits to military presence for the first time

20 July, 17:53

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO, JULY 20 - The French defense ministry on Wednesday said that three of its soldiers had died on a mission in Libya.

    The announcement marks the first time the government has admitted to the presence of French soldiers in the country. The ministry did not provide further details on how or when the soldiers died. AP had on Tuesday reported the death of two soldiers, saying that they were from French Special Forces and had been on a helicopter shot down by Libyan militias near Benghazi on Sunday.

    Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian expressed his condolences over the death of the three, praising the ''courage and dedication of these soldiers involved in active service for France, who every day carry out dangerous anti-terrorism missions''. The spokesperson did not confirm the presence of French soldiers on the helicopter shot down on Sunday. (ANSAmed).

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