Militants On Motorbikes Kill 20 Malian Soldiers

‘Twenty members of the security forces have been killed in Mali by suspected Islamist militants, officials say.
The attack came early on Sunday at the Sokolo military camp in the central Segou region.

An official speaking to AFP news agency said the gunmen arrived on motorbikes and that all those killed were gendarmes or paramilitary police.

Militants linked to the Islamic State group or al-Qaeda often carry out attacks in Mali and the wider region.

READ  Delta State Government Honours I Go Dye As ‘Luminary Of January’

In November, last year, 24 soldiers were killed by militants in eastern Mali. Only weeks earlier, 54 troops had died in another attack.

In the latest incident, the army said militants damaged and stole military equipment. Five soldiers were injured, and a total of 60 survived the attack.
A witness described the scene as “complete chaos”.

Funerals for those killed took place on Sunday afternoon.

READ  Married Woman In Jos Porn Video Commits Suicide

The war in the desert
Mali has been blighted by violence since 2012 when Islamist militants took over a Tuareg separatist rebellion in the north and seized several cities.

Malian forces managed to regain control of territory taken by militants with military help from France, which has 4,500 troops deployed in the region. The UN has 13,000 peacekeeping troops in Mali.

But thousands of lives have been lost as Mali struggles to contain the violence, which has spread to neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger.

READ  Air Peace’s Boss Allen Onyema Nominated Shipping World Man Of The Year

Combating militants in the Sahel region is seen as important for maintaining security further afield, including Europe.
France’s Foreign Minister, Florence Parly, is heading to Washington for talks aimed at persuading the Americans to continue their logistical backing – drones, intelligence and transport – for the French operation.

Source:- BBC

Share this post with your Friends on


About admin 3168 Articles
Naijamediamp3 Is Owned And Launched By Oyetoro Jeremiah A.K.A Jayking; Jayking is a passionate Writer, Online Promoter and a Website Developer, who loves to talk about things exactly as they are
No Comments Yet Drop a Comment

Drop your Comment