Three Belgian Soldiers Injured in IED Explosion in Mali, Second Incident This Year

A vehicle from the Belgian contingent from MINUSMA (United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali) rolled on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on Jan. 24 injuring three soldiers, one seriously.

The vehicle involved, a Dingo II Multi-Purpose Protected Vehicle (MPPV), was completely destroyed in the explosion. This was the second such incident since the start of the year with the first one taking place on Jan. 1.

The Belgian soldiers were returning from a reconnaissance mission and were traveling in a column of seven vehicles to join the Gao camp when the second rolled on the IED.

The most heavily affected soldier was transferred to the French military hospital in Gao where he was operated on before being repatriated to Belgium on Saturday. He suffers from fractures on both feet. The other two soldiers returned to the camp.

The vehicle is destroyed but has demonstrated its effectiveness in ensuring the safety of the military. “We want to recover the wrecks in order to inspect them to improve our equipment but also our techniques and tactics,” said Captain Carl Gillis, head of the Defense Operations Division, at a press conference on Friday.

67 Belgian soldiers are currently deployed in Mali within the framework of MINUSMA and 15 others are for the EUTM ( European Union Training Mission ). In 2019, 182 incidents of this type were recorded in Mali.

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