France’s defence ministry says three of its soldiers have died in Libya, reportedly after their helicopter was shot down.
A short statement said the soldiers died “while on mission” in the north African country.
Earlier on Wednesday, ministry spokesman Stephane Le Foll confirmed French special forces were in Libya.
On Tuesday, Associated Press quoted Libyan officials as saying an Islamist militia shot down a French helicopter.
The attack on Sunday happened near the city of Benghazi, and left no survivors, AP reported.