Pierre Bockel Wiki
Among the victims is Pierre-Emmanuel Bockel, son of the former minister and centrist Mulhouse senator Jean-Marie Bockel. The former mayor of Mulhouse confirmed the information to the Agence France Presse. Lieutenant Pierre-Emmanuel Bockel, was flying a Cougar troop transport helicopter.
Among the dead is the son of French Senator Jean-Marie Bockel, Pierre, who was a lieutenant.
Pierre Bockel Age
He was 28 years old.
Pierre Bockel Cause Of Death
A Tiger attack helicopter hit a Cougar military transport mid-air as it maneuvered to engage the militants, who were fleeing on motorbikes and in pick-up trucks.
The two aircraft crashed not far from each other, killing everyone on board including six commandos and an officer.
In total, 41 French soldiers have been killed in Mali since the country first intervened.
An officer, Brig Ronan Pointeau, was killed earlier this month after an explosive device detonated near his vehicle.
The brunt of the violence though is faced by local forces and civilians. An attack on a northern military post this month left 53 Malian troops dead.
It claimed major attacks on the Malian army this month as well as several small-scale attacks on French forces in Mali and Niger.
JNIM, which operates mainly in Mali but also Burkina Faso, has claimed attacks on UN, French and Malian forces but singles out France as its main enemy.