PM pays tribute to French soldiers killed fighting terrorism in Mali

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki sent messages of condolence in French, Polish and English on Twitter on Tuesday evening over the deaths of 13 French soldiers in a helicopter accident in Mali.

"I was deeply touched by the death of 13 French soldiers on the mission in Mali. I bow my head before their sacrifice to fight against terrorism and I would like to express my condolences to their families, President @EmmanuelMacron and to the French nation," Morawiecki tweeted.

French authorities announced on Tuesday that two helicopters had collided during combat operations against jihadists in Mali. Six officers were among the dead.

A Tiger combat helicopter and a Cougar transport-combat helicopter collided in Liptako in the Menaka region of eastern Mali on Monday evening during operation Barkhane against jihadists connected with Islamic State and Al Qaeda in which some 4,500 soldiers from the Sahel region were taking part.

It is one of the most serious accidents since an attack on the barracks of French and American forces stationed in Beirut in 1983, when 300 people were killed including 241 American soldiers and 58 French paratroopers.

Since France's intervention in Mali in 2013, between 38 and 44 French troops have been killed, according to various sources.