100 jihadists killed in joint French-Malian offensive in central Mali, says military

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100 jihadists have been killed this month in a joint Franco-Malian offensive within the West African nation’s lawless centre, the Malian military stated Tuesday.

“100 terrorists have been neutralised, about 20 captured and a number of other motorbikes and warfare gear have been seized” in the course of the operation with France‘s Barkhane drive, which goals to eradicate jihadists within the Sahel area, the Malian military stated on its web site.

Mali has been scuffling with a jihadist insurgency that broke out within the north of the nation in 2012 earlier than spreading to the centre after which to Burkina Faso and Niger, typically inflaming ethnic rivalries.

France, Mali’s former colonial ruler, first intervened within the nation in 2013 to assist drive again jihadist forces advancing on Bamako. 

It now has 5,100 troops deployed throughout Africa’s arid Sahel area, as a part of its Barkhane operation. 

Earlier this month the French navy stated it had killed 15 jihadists close to Mali’s border with Burkina Faso, the place an al-Qaeda-linked group is energetic.

(AFP)

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