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

Over twenty people killed at wedding ceremony following airstrikes in Mali

More than 20 people, including children, were killed in air strikes during a wedding ceremony in a remote desert area of central Mali on Sunday, a health worker with knowledge of the attack said on Tuesday. It was not immediately clear who carried out the attacks but a French army source said that French forces… Read More Over twenty people killed at wedding ceremony following airstrikes in Mali

Two French soldiers dead, one injured following explosion incident in Mali

Two French soldiers died in an operation in Mali on Saturday and a third was injured when an improvised explosive device hit their armoured vehicle, the French presidency said. The soldiers were on a reconnaissance and intelligence-gathering mission in the eastern region of Menaka when the blast occurred late Saturday morning, the joint chiefs of… Read More Two French soldiers dead, one injured following explosion incident in Mali

Two French soldiers dead, one injured following explosion in Mali

Two French military personnel were killed while on an operation in Mali on Saturday when an improvised explosive device destroyed their armoured vehicle, the French Presidency said. According to the statement, a third soldier was injured in the blast, which took place in the Tessalit region of Northern Mali. The soldiers were part of France’s… Read More Two French soldiers dead, one injured following explosion in Mali

Mali president, top government officials detained following mutiny by soldiers

Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and top government officials were detained on Tuesday by mutinying soldiers in the capital Bamako, plunging a country already facing a jihadist insurgency and mass protests deeper into crisis. Keita’s detention followed hours of uncertainty after soldiers mutinied in the morning at the Kati military base outside Bamako and rounded… Read More Mali president, top government officials detained following mutiny by soldiers

Mali’s President Ibrahim Keita offers concessions to end stalemate with political opposition

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has offered concessions in a move to unblock a stalemate with opposition leaders that has mired the country in turmoil since a disputed legislative election in March. The impasse is a growing concern for Mali’s neighbours and outside powers that have sent in thousands of troops to help it fight militants… Read More Mali’s President Ibrahim Keita offers concessions to end stalemate with political opposition