Terrorism & Insurgency

Retaliatory jihadist attacks targeting national, foreign troops in Mali likely in coming weeks after counter-terrorism successes

07 May 2017


A Liberian peacekeeper was killed and nine others injured on 3 May during a rocket attack on the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) base, near the airport in the northern town of Timbuktu.

A day earlier, nine Malian soldiers were killed and five injured when their convoy was ambushed between Dogofri and Nampala in the central Ségou region. The attacks follow a claim on 29 April by France's Operation Barkhane counter-terrorism force that it had "killed or captured" 20 jihadists in the Foulsaré forest on the Mali-Burkina Faso border. For the past month, French troops have been carrying out joint counter-terrorism operations with Malian and Burkinabé forces in the area, where a number of groups are active.

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