Mali – Six soldiers killed in two “terrorist” attacks

Mali – Six soldiers killed in two “terrorist” attacks
Mali – Six soldiers killed in two “terrorist” attacks

Two simultaneous terrorist attacks took place overnight from Saturday to Sunday in central Mali. Soldiers have been killed or injured.

Posted today at 4:41 p.m.

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The border region between Mali and Burkina Faso is the scene of numerous jihadist attacks.

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Six Malian soldiers were killed and 18 wounded during the night from Saturday to Sunday in central Mali in two attacks by “terrorists”, the Malian army said on Sunday in a new report.

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The provisional toll is 6 dead and 18 wounded” among the soldiers during the attacks on “two security posts” in Boulkessy and Mondoro “(center), leading to a response which left” about thirty dead on the terrorist side “, wrote the army in a statement posted on .

“About forty motorcycles and a large batch of military equipment (were) seized” by the army, during these “two complex and simultaneous attacks around 3:30 am” (local and GMT), she added. A previous report from security sources had reported three Malian soldiers killed and five jihadists killed.

“Everyone was in bed”

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The fighting began when “everyone was in bed,” an elected official from Mondoro told AFP, estimating the duration of the clashes at one hour. “A helicopter evacuated several wounded soldiers in Sévaré”, near the regional capital, Mopti, where the army has a large base, a medical source told AFP.

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The Boulkessy and Mondoro camps, located near the border with Burkina Faso, have already been attacked in the past.

Murderous attack

In September 2019, they were the target of one of the deadliest attacks in Mali since the start of the crisis in 2012. Around fifty soldiers were killed in a double attack claimed by the Support Group for Islam and Muslims (GSIM, or Jnim according to the Arabic acronym), the main jihadist alliance in the Sahel affiliated with Al-Qaeda.

This border region between Mali and Burkina Faso is the scene of numerous jihadist attacks.

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The national armies are deployed there in military camps from which they are struggling to get out without the support of their partners, France in the lead.

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The French Barkhane force, 5,100 strong, has carried out several operations in this same border region since the start of 2021.

One of the hotbeds of violence

Since 2012 and the outbreak of independence and jihadist insurgencies in the North, Mali has been sinking into a multifaceted crisis that has left thousands dead, civilians and combatants, and hundreds of thousands displaced, despite the support of the community. international and the intervention of UN, African and French forces.

Central Mali has become one of the main centers of this violence, which has spread since 2015 to the south of the country, but also to neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger.

AFP

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