Five Soldiers Killed in Bomb Attack in Mali

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.

Macron Vows to Defend Sahel States Against Jihad

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.

216 Murdered in 28 Islamic Terrorist Attacks Over Last Week, Down from Previous Week

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.

International Roundup: Ballots, Bullets, and Bombs