Archive | July, 2019

Mali: ‘Terrorists’ killed in French airstrike near Niger border

Aircraft attached to the France-led Operation Barkhane in the Sahel struck “terrorists” in Mali near the border with Niger killing nine, the Ministry of the Armed Forces said on Friday. The operation was launched on Wednesday, July 17 after a Malian soldier was killed and two others wounded in an ambush on their convoy. The soldiers had been part of a “logistical escort mission” from the border post of Labbézanga to Gao and were ambushed between Fafa and Bentia, a Armed Forces of Mali (FAMa) statement said, adding that a provisional assessment from sweeps on the ground was that five “terrorists” had been killed. The Barkhane operations center was notified of an attack on a convoy of 10 vehicles between Asongo and the border near the village of Fafa at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, the French Ministry release said. It said that the convoy was split in two during the attack, and FAMa reinforcements were dispatched from Asongo to the north and Labbézanga to the south, and a drone was redirected to the area. In Wednesday release, the French military said a light aircraft was also involved in intelligence-gathering during the operation. The gunfight ended at 1 p.m. and the reinforcements reported the FAMa casualties, while motorcycles were seen leaving […]

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Suicide car bomb targets French military base in Gao, Mali

Estonian troops and British helicopters are also deployed to the France-led Operation Barkhane in Gao An apparent suicide car bomb exploded at the entrance to a French military base in the central Mali town of Gao, injuring at least three French and Estonian troops on Monday, July 22. “There was an attack … at the entrance to the French part of the camp in Gao,” AFP reported French military spokesperson Colonel Frederic Barbry as saying. “There was no incursion into the base.” He said the soldiers’ injuries were not life-threatening but did not give a breakdown of the casualties. Update July 23 Five Estonian soldiers were injured in the attack but their injuries are not serious, the Estonian Ministry of Defense said on Tuesday, adding that French and Malian troops had also been hurt. Later on Tuesday, the commander of the Estonian Defense Forces said the number of injured Estonian troops had increased. “A total of six Estonian servicemembers needed medical attention following the suicide attack, three of whom remain under medical care,” Major General Martin Herem told a press conference, adding that a similar number of French troops were hurt, public broadcaster ERR reported. According to ERR, Herem said that injuries were limited […]

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