17:38 GMT +319 January 2020
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - French forces, part of anti-insurgent Operation Barkhane, neutralised 33 terrorists in Mali on Saturday, French President Emmanuel Macron said during his visit to Cote d'Ivoire.

    "This morning, thanks to the engagement of our troops from the Barkhane force, we were able to neutralise 33 terrorists in the Sahel, catch one [militant] and free two Malian gendarme hostages. I am proud of our soldiers who protect us," he tweeted from Abidjan.

    ​The French Embassy in Mali said that the operation had taken place in the Malian region of Mopti, a frontier in the French fight against Islamist insurgents who overran the northern part of the West African nation in 2012.

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