By: Nadeemy Haded
Paris - Thirteen French soldiers have been killed in a collision between two helicopters while carrying out a mission against extremists in Mali, Paris said.
AFP quoted a statement from the office of President Emmanuel Macron that the French soldiers were killed in an incident on Monday.
A statement from the French presidency said: "The president announces with great sadness the killing of 13 French soldiers in Mali on the evening of November 25 in an incident between two helicopters during a combat mission against the jihadists."
The casualties are the biggest casualties for French troops since they intervened in 2013 in Mali, which for years has been plagued by violence by extremist militants.
Paris is deployed in the Sahel region of Africa more than 4,500 soldiers to confront armed jihadist organizations linked to the "Al Qaeda" and "Daesh".
These organizations use areas from central and northern Mali as a springboard for attacks across the Sahara.