After being assured by the Prime Minister of Mali that the elections will actually take place on the 29th of this month, the country registered a new jihadist attack on Thursday that killed 20 Malian soldiers following the invasion of a military post in Tarkint, in the north, according to local military and civilian officials.
At least 29 Malian soldiers have been killed in an attack on a military base, the deadliest against the Malian army this year. The army said that the attack that took place in the town of Tarkint which is about 78 miles north of the city of Gao, was by suspected Islamist militants. However, there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
At least forty people have been killed in separate attacks in Mali. Thirty one were killed when gunmen attacked the village of Ogossagou in central Mali, burning houses, crops and livestock. “There is need to break the spiral of violence in this region,” the head of UN mission in Mali, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, said.
Thirty armed men stormed and sowed death overnight from Thursday to Friday in Ogossagou, killing 40 villagers, including nine soldiers, according to a new government report. In March 2019, some 160 Fulani people were killed in the same area, leaving several charred. Mali has been caught in a spiral of inter-communal and jihadist violence.
At least 20 Malian soldiers have been killed in an attack on a military post in Mali on Sunday. Mali’s government said that there was significant material damage in the attack. “Reinforcements have been dispatched to the scene and aerial reconnaissance is underway in the area to track down the attackers,” it said in a statement that condemned the incident.
Five Malian soldiers have been killed and four others wounded in a roadside bomb attack, a government spokesperson has said. The troops were travelling in the region of Alatona, near the border with Mauritania, when their convoy hit a bomb on Monday morning. Four vehicles were destroyed in the blast. “Reinforcements are already in place for the operation to neutralize the enemies,” government spokesman, Yaya Sangare said on Twitter.
A rise in the attacks by terrorists in West Africa has raised concerns over French military involvement in the region. The current French operation has been on-going since 2014, coordinating security related issues with Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and Chad. Currently, over 4,500 French troops are in the region. Despite the challenge, the French President, Emmanuel Macron vows to give a new force to the fight armed groups in the Sahel states in West Africa.
Twenty four people were killed by Islamic terrorist attacks per day each and every day last week. That was an average of three attacks per day. This was an improvement over the 216 deaths per day last week from 28 attacks and the 261 deaths per day the week before that from 48 separate attacks.
This worked out to be 61 killed by Islamic terrorist attacks per day and an average of four attacks per day as well. This was below last week’s 261 killed with 48 separate attacks.
As Ramadan ended on June third it appears the number of attacks has declined, but this week we have seen one of the most villainous attacks in awhile, especially because of the high number of innocent children involved.
- SRI LANKA: No group has yet claimed responsibility for Easter Sunday’s terror attacks. Eight people have been arrested in connection with a series of suicide bombings, targeting churches and hotels across the country, which killed at least 290 and injured 450. They mark the worst acts of violence since the end of Sri Lanka’s decades-long civil war ten years ago.
- The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces declared victory over the so-called Islamic State on Saturday, and the complete liberation of its territory. The battle for Baghouz, all that remained of Daesh’s once vast territory throughout Iraq and Syria, dragged on for more than ten weeks.