USA :French soldier killed in Mali: attack claimed by Al-Qaida

In a statement, the Support Group for Islam and Muslims (GSIM) said their target was a French military camp near the town of Gossi, a town and commune in Mali.

Two exploded cars

A French soldier was killed in the northern Mali, July 23. The suicide attack that claimed the life of force member Tojohasina Razafintsalama Barkhane, has been claimed by the Support Group for Islam and Muslims (GSIM). It is the main jihadist alliance in the Sahel, linked to Al-Qaida. In a statement authenticated by the US group Site, which specializes in monitoring jihadist organizations, the GSIM said they targeted a French military camp near the town of Gossi. According to the same note relayed by 20 Minutes, two vehicles were exploded by Islamist fighters near the access gates to the base. A third car then managed to enter and detonate.

Neutralization of dozens of jihadists

The GSIM is under the leadership of Iyad Ag Ghaly, a member of the Tuareg tribe of Ifoghas, originally from Kidal, in the north of Mali. Today he represents the supreme leader ofAl-Qaida, Ayman Zawahiri in the Sahel. Almost 5,100 soldiers are now mobilized in theFrench anti-jihadist operation Barkhane. The offensives in the region, in particular in the area known as the “three borders” between Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, have been multiplied in recent months by the French army and those of the G5 Sahel countries. Dozens of jihadists have been neutralized by Paris, including the Algerian Abdelmalek Droukdal, a figure of jihadism in the Islamic Maghreb.

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