A French soldier has died while on operations as part of Operation Barkhane in Burkina Faso, the French Ministry of Armed Forces said in a statement on Monday.
The soldier was identified as Staff Sergeant Morgan Henry of the French Army 54th Haguenau Signal Regiment.
According to the statement, Staff Sergeant Henry was discovered dead in his camp. The causes of death are not currently known, and an investigation by the gendarmerie was ordered out to establish the circumstances of his death.
Staff Sergeant Henry has been operating in Operation Barkhane since November 2019, added the statement.
Operation Barkhane, named after a crescent-shaped dune in the Sahara desert, is an ongoing anti-insurgent operation in Africa’s Sahel region, which commenced 1 August 2014. The operation consists of a 3,000-strong French force, which will be permanent and headquartered in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad.
Barkhane has been designed with five countries, and former French colonies, that span the Sahel: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. These countries are collectively referred to as the “G5 Sahel”.