On July 14, 2014, a French Foreign Legion legionnaire Dejvid Nikolic of Serbian origin, a member of the 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment (1er REG), was killed during Operation Serval in the Al Moustarat region of northern Mali. He became the third legionnaire having been killed in this African country since 2013, after SCH Harold Vormezeele and CPL Marcel Kalafut.
The legionnaire Nikolic was killed by a suicide attack, which injoured seven legionnaires, three of them seriously, including Nikolic. He died a few hours later, in the military hospital near Gao.
By coincidence, at the same time, on July 14, legionnaires from his regiment paraded during the Bastille Day Military Parade 2014 in Paris.
Adjudant-chef Dejvid Nikolic, a non-commissioned officer, was born in Belgrade, Serbia, in 1969. He joined the Foreign Legion in 1988, in his 19. After basic training, he went to the 2e REI. In 1992, he moved to Djibouti to join the 13e DBLE and returned in 1994 to be sent to 1er RE. Having already been a NCO, he was transferred to 6e REG in 1998, the regiment, which became a year later the 1er REG.
ADC Dejvid Nikolic participated in missions and operations in Chad (1990), Djibouti (2002, 2008), New Caledonia (2009), ex-Yugoslavia (2007), Afghanistan (2005, 2006, 2010), Lebanon (2012-13) and Mali (2014) and others. He served in the Legion more than 25 years. R.I.P.
UPDATE: On July 22, 1er REG was paying homage to Major “Niko” Nikolic.