A French soldier has been confirmed dead while on operations in Burkina Faso.
In a statement by the French Armed Forces Ministry on Monday said the causes of the death of Sergeant Morgan Henry were still unknown for now. Adding that an investigation was underway into the circumstances behind his death.
Former colonial power France intervened in the Sahel region, south of the Sahara, back in 2013 to drive back militants who had seized northern Mali the previous year. Fighters have since regrouped and over the past year, militants have stepped up attacks in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger.