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French soldier dies in helicopter accident in Burkina Faso

A helicopter landing in the South-Kivu region in DR Congo in November 2014.
A helicopter landing in the South-Kivu region in DR Congo in November 2014. Photo Monusco/Jean-Tobie Okala

A French special forces commando has died in Burkina Faso during a training flight, the French defence ministry announced Sunday.

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Army master sergeant Samir Bajja, 38, was on board a Caracal helicopter when it crashed Saturday night during a “tactical training flight,” according to the ministry.

Two other members of the crew were seriously hurt in the accident.

The soldier that was killed had previously served in Côte d'Ivoire, in Afghanistan, in Chad and in Mali.

He’s the second French military to have been killed in Sahel since the anti-terrorist Barkhane operation was launched in the region on 1 August .
 

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