Offbeat Mali: a jihadist chef killed by attacking a UN camp

00:25  06 april  2021
00:25  06 april  2021 Source:   leparisien.fr

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An attack by suspected militants in Mali 's central Mopti region has left 20 UN peacekeepers injured, some of them seriously. There are unconfirmed reports that the soldiers are from Togo. Although the UN has not said who was behind it, Islamist militants have regularly targeted peacekeepers and Malian troops The attack caused several injuries and considerable damage to the camp , the sources said. It is unclear where the suspected militants would have got an armoured vehicle. The Malian army said on social media that it had received air support from France's anti- jihadist force in the region, and the

AGUELHOK: Four United Nations peacekeepers were killed Friday when suspected jihadists staged a major attack on their camp in Aguelhok, northern Mali , the UN mission said. According to the release, heavily armed gunmen of “terrorist groups” attacked a detachment of the Malian Armed Forces in Diafarabe, Mali ’s central region of Mopti around 5 a.m. (1 p.m. in Manila) on Friday. UNITED NATIONS : UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) strongly condemned the attack by unidentified gunmen against civilians in the Tahoua region

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a lieutenant of Malian jihadist leader Iyad AG Ghaly and more than forty attackers were killed, last Friday, by the response Blue helmets at the attack on their camp in northern Mali , announced on Monday a UN representative. It is a reversal of a rare force from the UN mission (Minusma), regularly attacked by jihadists and often criticized for its military weakness.

The attacked camp, located in Aguelhok, about 200 km from Algeria, hosts a contingent of Chadian soldiers, according to the UN.

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Lead 1-Paris refutes UN conclusions on the strike in Mali-Ministry of the Armies

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Ten UN peacekeepers from Chad have been killed in an attack by suspected Islamist militants in northern Mali , the UN says. Another 25 Chadian troops were injured when the gunmen stormed the UN camp in Aguelhok early on Sunday. Al-Qaeda's North-African branch, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, said it carried out the latest attack , local media report. Large swathes of northern Mali were seized by jihadists in 2012 until they were pushed back in a French-led military operation the following year.

Jihadist gunmen killed 10 Chadian peacekeepers and injured at least 25 others in an attack on a UN camp in northern Mali on Sunday, one of the deadliest strikes against the UN mission in the West African country. In August, a panel of experts said in a report to the UN Security Council that inter-communal conflicts in the region were exacerbating existing tensions from clashes between jihadist groups and international and Malian forces. This is not the first time that peacekeepers from MINUSMA ( United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali ) have been targetted Map

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"Undoubtedly, the blue helmets have undergone an important setback to the terrorists, even if we deplore the death of four" members of the forces UNDER AFP Mahamat Saleh Annadif, Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Mali and Chief of Minusma. The four victims are all Chadian blue helmets.

A high-placed jihadist killed

at first, a UN manager had indicated that an twenty jihadists had been killed over three hours of fighting, on the hundred taking part in the operation. During raking on Sunday and Monday, blue helmets have found new corpses. "There are more than forty killed terrorists, including a right arm of Iyad AG Ghaly, named Abdallaye AG Albaka," said Mahamat Saleh Annadif. Four jihadists were captured and handed over to the Malian forces, said this manager.

In Mali, ICC prosecutor savours ruling to punish Timbuktu destruction

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The group believed to be behind the attack is also thought to have kidnapped the country's opposition leader in March.

Four Mali soldiers were killed and eight wounded Sunday in a suspected jihadist attack on an army camp in the far north of the country, the Malian military said. "The provisional toll is four dead, eight injured and several vehicles taken," army colonel Boubacar Sanogoh, regional commander for the Timbuktu region, told AFP. The outpost in Bambara Maoude, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of Timbuktu city, "was the object at about 0500 GMT of a terrorist attack ," the military had earlier tweeted alongside an initial toll of three dead and five wounded, plus "material damage".

Iyad AG Ghaly leads the support group to Islam and Muslims (GSIM, or JNIM in Arabic), alliance affiliated with Al Qaeda and one of the main jihadist players in Mali and the Sahel. ABDALLAYE AG ALBAKA, former mayor of the city of Tessalit, passed to be very close to the long time of Iyad AG Ghaly and invested with an eminent military role in the North. A security official, speaking under the cover of anonymity given the sensitivity of such information, placed it in the third rank of the JNIM hierarchy.

MINUSMA, deployed in Mali since 2013 (15,000 men and women, including approximately 12,000 soldiers), is currently the United Nations peace mission that suffered the most losses in the world, with more than 140 killed in Hostile acts, according to the statistics of the United Nations.

Burkina Faso: At least eight dead in attacks against mixed units .
© Michèle Cattani, AFP soldiers Burkinabe train in Burkina Faso in the Soum area, south of the country, on November 12, 2019. An attack on mixed units of gendarmes and volunteers engaged in the jihadist control made at least 8 dead in eastern Burkina Faso, according to safe and civil sources. Mixed units of gendarmes and volunteers were target plugs in Burkina Faso .

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