Seven Malian soldiers killed following attacks on separate patrol convoys

Seven Malian soldiers were killed on Saturday in two separate attacks on patrols in the centre-west of the country, the army said, the latest bloodshed to indicate violence is shifting southward into previously peaceful areas. At around 11:20 GMT an army escort was ambushed near the town of Mourdiah, around 200 km (120 miles) north… Read More Seven Malian soldiers killed following attacks on separate patrol convoys

Mali takes delivery of four helicopters, weapons from Russia

A cargo plane delivered four helicopters, weapons and ammunition from Russia to Mali late on Thursday, Malian interim defence minister Sadio Camara said. He said Mali had bought the helicopters in a contract agreed in December 2020 to support its armed forces in their battle alongside French, European and U.N. troops with insurgents linked to… Read More Mali takes delivery of four helicopters, weapons from Russia

Dozens dead as Islamist militants raid three villages in central Mali

At least 51 people were killed when Islamist militants raided three villages in central Mali near the border with Niger, a district administrator said on Monday. The towns of Ouatagouna, Karou and Deouteguef were simultaneously attacked around 6 p.m. on Sunday, according to a note from the Asongo district administrator to the governor of Gao… Read More Dozens dead as Islamist militants raid three villages in central Mali

Three Chinese, two Mauritanians abducted as gunmen attack construction site in northern Mali

Three Chinese nationals and two Mauritanians were abducted from a construction site in northern Mali on Saturday when gunmen raided the site for equipment and took hostages, the army said. The raid took place 55 kilometres (34 miles) from the town of Kwala, a regular transit point for companies moving through Mali’s desert north, the… Read More Three Chinese, two Mauritanians abducted as gunmen attack construction site in northern Mali

Six soldiers dead, thirteen peacekeepers injured following militant attacks in Mali

Thirteen U.N. peacekeepers, 12 Germans and one Belgian, were wounded in northern Mali on Friday by a car bomb, the U.N. mission said, while Mali’s army said six of its soldiers were killed in a separate attack in the centre of the country. The attack in the north targeted a temporary base set up by… Read More Six soldiers dead, thirteen peacekeepers injured following militant attacks in Mali

French forces kill al Qaeda leader Baye ag Bakabo in Mali

French forces killed an al Qaeda leader during an operation in the Sahel region of Africa, France’s armed forces minister said on Friday, vowing to keep a substantial military presence in the region a day after President Emmanuel Macron ordered a draw-down. Speaking in an impromptu address, Florence Parly said that Baye ag Bakabo, who… Read More French forces kill al Qaeda leader Baye ag Bakabo in Mali

Four UN peacekeepers dead, several injured following attack on military base in northern Mali

The United Nations mission in Mali said on Friday that four peacekeepers were killed and several others injured in an attack on its base in the northern town of Aguelhok. Peacekeepers repelled the attack, carried out by several “heavily armed terrorists”, a U.N. mission statement said, adding that a number of attackers were killed. Islamist… Read More Four UN peacekeepers dead, several injured following attack on military base in northern Mali

Four UN peacekeepers dead, five injured following attack in central Mali

Four United Nations peacekeepers were killed and five wounded in central Mali on Wednesday after a convoy struck an explosive device and came under fire, the U.N. said. It was not clear who carried out the attack about 20 km (12 miles) north of the town of Bambara-Maoudé in the Timbuktu region. Islamist groups linked… Read More Four UN peacekeepers dead, five injured following attack in central Mali