Terrorism & Insurgency

Surge in Malian jihadist attacks indicates likely trend over next two months as UN threatens March sanctions

28 January 2018


Four Malian soldiers were killed in a jihadist attack on their base in the northeastern town of Menaka on 28 January, the latest in a series over the past week.

The previous day, 14 soldiers were killed and 18 wounded at their base in Soumpi, near the border with Niger, while 26 civilians died near the central town of Boni on 25 January when their bus ran over an explosive device. The jihadists, 17 of whom were also killed, used rockets and automatic weapons in the assaults on the military camps. No group has yet claimed responsibility. On 24 January, the United Nations Security Council issued a French-drafted statement, warning of sanctions unless parties to the 2015 northern peace accord showed progress in implementation by the end of March.

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