Saturday, January 12, 2013

The helicopter pilot killed in Mali was based in Pau

Lieutenant Boiteux Damien regiment "special forces helicopter" was mortally wounded in battle against the Islamists

A French soldier was killed Friday during raids conducted by helicopters because Islamist terrorists of AQIM in Mali.

This is the lieutenant of the regiment of Damien Boiteux gunships Pau, fourth HRTS (special forces helicopters). It is the defense minister Jean-Yves Le Drian who announced Saturday during a press conference devoted to military interventions in Mali e t in Somalia.

This raid was carried out "around 16:00" and " support of the Malian army has destroyed several units "terrorists" stopped their progress, "said Jean-Yves Le Drian stating that" in this intense battle, one of our pilots (...) was mortally wounded. "

A statement on the website of the Elysée welcomes his memory : "It is with great excitement that the President of the Republic has learned of the death of Lieutenant in Mali Damien Boiteux, chief helicopter regiment of the 4th Helicopter Special Forces Pau. Chief of the State address to the family and friends of the deceased its sincere condolences and fully endorses their pain. He salutes the courage and dedication of our soldiers fighting alongside forces Malian against terrorist movements.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, said French units were deployed to Bamako, Mali, from the night before in particular to "ensure the safety of our citizens."Friday, the attack against the Malian army, supported by French military aircraft air is part of Sévaré town 70 km south of Konna, with the largest airport in the region of Mopti (center) where they wanted to go to the Islamic conquest of southern Mali under government control.

"The helicopter struck the vehicle jihadists who are dispersed in nature. Army cleans the city," said the Malian army.

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