At least three Spanish soldiers from the European Union mission in Mali (EUTM-Mali) have been injured this Tuesday in the African country when they were involved in a traffic accident with the vehicle in which they were traveling.
The three injured have been taken by helicopter to the Role 2 hospital at the Koulikoro training camp, where they are being treated.
The accident occurred at 8:45 a.m. (local time), when the vehicle in which the soldiers were traveling was involved in a collision with a truck, as specified by the EUTM-Mali through its account in the social network Twitter.
The Spanish injured are evolving in the hospital and during this Wednesday they will be evacuated to Spain, according to sources from the Defense Staff.
Today, at 08:45, one vehicle of EUTM Mali, had a traffic accident with a truck. Three spanish soldiers were injured. All injured soldiers were transferred by helicopter to the Role 2 in Koulikoro and are under treatment.
— eutmmali (@eutmmali1) September 14, 2021
The Spanish mission in Mali has not been without dangers for the units deployed by Defense in the African country. In February 2019, the Spanish military emerged unscathed from a double attack against the Koulikoro Training Center, the main training center of EUTM-MALI, located to the southwest, on the outskirts of the capital, Bamako. Spain has about 300 military personnel assigned to this mission.
Northern Mali is a troubled region with the presence of French troops since the 2013 Tuareg revolt, which was quickly hijacked by jihadist groups, prompting the military intervention of Paris in its former colony. Instability has spread in recent months to the central area and to the east, the border area with Burkina Faso.