French soldier dies in Chad accident

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A French soldier died during a maintenance operation in Chad after a piece of equipment exploded, the defence ministry said in a statement on Friday.

The ministry said armed forces were investigating the causes of the accident at the base in N’Djamena, which killed Andy Fila, a brigadier-chef of the infantry regiment and an electro-mechanic specialist.



France has more than 5 000 troops in the West African Sahel region as part of international efforts to fight Islamist militants in the area and has based its counterterrorism forces in Chad.