Classics Attack at the car trapped: several French military injured in Mali

20:40  21 june  2021
20:40  21 june  2021 Source:   liberation.fr

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Un soldat français lors de l'opération Barkhane à Gossi au Mali, le 30 juilet 2019. © Benoit Tessier A French soldier during Operation Barkhane in Gossi in Mali, July 30, 2019.

Monday morning, a French vehicle of Operation Barkhane Has been targeted by an attack at the car trap while patrolling the streets of Gossi, a city in the center of Mali. A huge gray smoke column was visible in the surrounding area. Several French civilians were injured, confirmed the staff of the armies, which stated that the soldiers were "being evacuated to [...] Gao", where Barkhane has a surgical antenna, called "role 2", on its basis, the most important in the area.

According to local sources, three French soldiers were transported to helicopter. The staff did not confirm this assessment Monday afternoon. The French army also dispatched on the spot of the tiger combat helicopters and mirage 2,000 "to support the troops on the ground". Footage exchanges were heard after the explosion.

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The use of suicide vehicles is rare in Mali, the jihadists most often use artisanal mines whose confection is more rudimentary. In January, a French patrol had nevertheless been targeted by an trapped vehicle that had made six wounded. The attack had occurred at about fifty kilometers southwest of Hombori (also in the center of the country).

Video: Mali: The Barkhane force struck by a car trapped, several wounded (Info France 24) (France 24)

End of Barkhane

Targeted military Monday acted alone, without their Malian partners, Insists the staff of the armies, in accordance with the decision of Emmanuel Macron of suspend bilateral cooperation to protest the Putschist power policy. The French president had in the wake announced the end of Barkhane, the largest French external operation with 5,100 men deployed today in the Sahel region.

The device will experience in the weeks that come a deep transformation to focus on training, the accompaniment to the fight of local armies and turning fists. It will go through the closure of bases in the north of the country and a gradual reduction of the workforce. Meanwhile this radical evolution, the operations continue: several executives of the Islamic state at Grand Sahara were caught last week by the French soldiers deployed with Nigerian soldiers.

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