French army bases in Kidal, Gao, Ménaka in northern Mali were attacked by Islamist militants with rocket and mortar fire.
French army bases in Kidal, Gao, Ménaka in northern Mali were attacked by Al Qaeda militants with rocket and mortar fire.
Thomas Romiguier, a spokesman for French forces said that none of the 5,100 personnel spread across the region were killed or injured by the indirect fire while the Kidal base was the only one damaged.
“The rocket attacks of the mujahideen, in support of Islam and Muslims, targeted the bases of the French infidel army,” said the Al Qaeda.
Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the Chadian head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), condemned the attacks and said that they “will spare no effort to carry out our respective mandates and bring peace to Mali.”
The attacks came after French forces killed Bah ag Moussa, a military leader of Al Qaeda’s North Africa wing last November 10 who was the leader of Mali’s most prominent armed group, Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM.)
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