BERLIN — A crate containing hundreds of pieces of ammunition went missing during an Air France flight taken by German soldiers to Mali, the German military said Saturday.

"We are still looking for it," said a spokesman for the army's logistics department, confirming a report in the Welt am Sonntag newspaper.

The German troops left Berlin for Bamako on May 28 aboard a commercial Air France flight that stopped in Paris.

Their service weapons and ammunition were registered and placed in the hold. But when the flight reached Mali, a plastic crate containing 880 pieces of ammunition was missing.

The German military has filed a case with Berlin police.

A defence ministry spokesman told AFP that "the responsibility lies with the airline."

Air France had not responded by Saturday afternoon to a request for comment from AFP.

Germany is taking part in the UN mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and also has 200 soldiers in the country as part of a European mission to train Malian troops.

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