• Tue. Oct 26th, 2021

Mali: a soldier from Operation Barkhane accidentally dies – teller report


Oct 13, 2021

The French army is in mourning. Field Marshal Adrien Quélin, who took part in Operation Barkhane, in Mali, accidentally died on Tuesday, October 12. The soldier succumbed to his injuries after an accident on the desert relay platform in Timbuktu. “The Marshal of the Logis Adrien Quélin, mechanic in the Desert Roc Noir Tactical Group of the Barkhane Force, was carrying out a maintenance operation on a truck. He was seriously injured by the tilting of the cab of this truck while he was working on the engine of the vehicle “, details the General Staff of the Armies, Wednesday, October 13.

“Despite immediate relief on the spot, he could not be resuscitated. He died of his injuries,” can we read in the press release.“The Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, Army General Thierry Burkhard, bows with deep sadness at the memory of this soldier who died in operation. His thoughts are with his family, his relatives and his brothers in arms . ” An investigation has been opened “to determine the exact circumstances of the accident”.

The Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly paid tribute to the memory of the missing soldier. “The housekeeper Adrien Quélin died following an accident during a maintenance operation in Timbuktu in Mali. I salute his commitment and bow to his memory. My thoughts are with his family, his loved ones and Brothers in arms”, she wrote in a post on Twitter.

The 29-year-old Marshal des Logis Adrien Quélin belonged to the 4th Chasseurs de Gap regiment. He was single and childless. Decorated several times for his feats of arms, he was screened in Mali on July 1, 2021, as part of Operation Barkhane within the Desert Battle Group No. 1 on the Timbuktu relay platform.

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