DAKAR, Senegal

French Barkhane forces killed 33 terrorists, France’s President Emmanuel Macron said Saturday.

He announced the operation was conducted by French Barkhane forces in the central Mopti region of Mali and two Malian soldiers were rescued.

Macron remarks came during a trip to West Africa after he arrived in the Ivory Coast on Friday and met with President Alassane Ouattara before heading to a French military base.

The tour comes almost a year ahead of the Ivorian presidential election slated for October 2020.

Ivory Coast is not only home to a French military base but is the region’s economic

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