About fifty jihadists affiliated with Al-Qaida were killed by the French army on Friday, October 30, during an operation carried out in Mali, near the border with Burkina Faso, as part of operation “Barkhane” , announced Monday, November 2 the Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly.
According to Mme Parly, who met the Malian transitional authorities on Monday as part of a trip to Niger and Mali, the French army was able to spot by its drones a large column of jihadists on motorcycles: “These motorcycles then grouped together and hid under the trees. We had two Mirages in the area, “Barkhane” immediately triggered the operation and launched a strike. “
Motorcycles destroyed and weapons seized
About fifty weapons were seized and about thirty motorcycles destroyed. The operation took place with the participation of special forces from Operation Saber. “This opportune action deals a significant blow to a terrorist group affiliated with Al-Qaida, a katiba [l’équivalent d’un bataillon] of Ansaroul Islam, operating in the Boulikessi region, near the border with Burkina Faso ”, she estimated.
Founded by Burkinabé Ibrahim Malam Dicko, the Islamist group Ansaroul Islam has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks against the Burkinabe army. The United States had placed it on its blacklist of terrorist organizations in early 2018.
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