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Mali and Niger: Around 140 dead in terrorist attacks


They came on motorcycles and with trucks: Islamists have carried out several bloody attacks in parts of Mali and Niger. An attack on a Bundeswehr camp went off lightly.

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Malian soldiers guard the presidential palace in Bamako during a G5 Sahel conference (archive image)


Around 140 people died in attacks by alleged Islamist groups in Mali and Niger. 79 attackers and 29 soldiers alone were killed while attempting to storm an international army base in the West African crisis state of Niger. An army spokesman said that the armed men drove to the base in the Tillabéri region on Saturday with "hundreds" of motorcycles. It was a base of the G5 Sahel, in which Mauritania, Niger, Chad, Mali and Burkina Faso are fighting together against insurgents in the Sahel region.

At least 31 people had previously been killed in a terrorist attack on a truck with dozens of people in Mali.

Also on Saturday there was a clash between Malian soldiers and hundreds of armed fighters on the border with Burkina Faso, in which 12 soldiers were killed and 8 wounded.

At least 17 other people were injured in the attack by armed men on Friday near the village of Songo, the Malian interim government announced on Saturday.

The victims were on their way to a market in the city of Bandiagara in the center of the West African crisis state, which has suffered three military coups since 2012.

A number of armed groups are active in Chad, Niger and other Sahel countries.

Some have pledged their allegiance to the Al-Qaeda terrorist network or the Islamic State (IS) terrorist militia.

Other Islamist or ethnically organized militias are also active.

Bundeswehr camp attacked

In northern Mali, the Bundeswehr's Camp Castor at Gao airport was attacked on Sunday.

The soldiers belong to the UN stabilization operation Minusma.

The Bundeswehr announced on Twitter that the attack was carried out “with steep fire”: “No hits were found within the camp.

There was no damage to property or personal injury. "

Germany still has around 1,300 soldiers stationed in Mali.

In addition to the Minusma contingent, this also includes more than 300 soldiers from the European training force EUTM Mali.

Mali and Niger are former French colonies.

In Mali, with its around 20 million inhabitants, the military overthrew the transitional government in May, which was supposed to be in office until the presidential election in 2022.

The putschist leader Assimi Goita was proclaimed the new interim president.

In the country, more than a million people are currently at risk of starvation due to a drought.

As in Mali, the government in Niger has little control over the desert-like expanses outside the cities.

The country with 23 million inhabitants ranks last out of 189 countries in the Human Development Index of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

atb / dpa / Reuters

Source: spiegel

All news articles on 2021-12-05

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