policeman killed by suspected jihadists in southern mali
Last Updated : GMT 09:03:51
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today
Last Updated : GMT 09:03:51
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today

Policeman killed by suspected jihadists in southern Mali

Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today

Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today Policeman killed by suspected jihadists in southern Mali

Malian soldiers secure the road
Bamako - AFP

Suspected jihadists killed a policeman in a rare attack in southern Mali, hoisting their black flag at the local military base, just days before the country's main Tuareg-led rebel movement is expected to sign a peace deal.

The west African nation remains divided among rival armed factions, plagued by drug trafficking and infiltrated by jihadist groups, but attacks outside the unrest-riven north of the country remain unusual.

A minister said "cowardly terrorists" killed a warrant officer in Misseni, near Mali's border with Ivory Coast, while a local councillor said "around 30 jihadists" briefly occupied the town's army camp.

The councillor said the militants arrived at 2:00 am (0200 GMT), adding: "I heard gunshots in the Misseni military camp. The jihadists were shouting 'Allahu Akbar (God is greatest).'

"They took control of the military camp where they put up their black flag."

The militants opened fire on local policemen, killing the officer before escaping, according to the councillor, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

A Malian security source confirmed the policeman's death, adding that "the terrorist jihadists led an organised attack".

"They probably came from Ivory Coast because Misseni is 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the Ivorian border," the source added.

"They covered part of the distance in a vehicle, and another part on motorcycles and on foot."

A separate source at the town's police headquarters said two Malian army vehicles and police motorcycles were set alight.

A local military source told AFP the army had sent back-up from regional capital Sikasso.

A witness in Misseni said the militants escaped at around 5:00 am, leaving behind a copy of the Koran and a piece of paper on which was written Ansar Dine, a jihadist group that is active in northern Mali and linked to Al-Qaeda.

- Struggle for stability -

Mali's desert north has struggled to maintain stability since the west African nation gained independence in 1960.

The country descended into chaos in 2012 when an insurgency by Tuareg rebels led to a coup in the capital Bamako. Jihadists linked to Al-Qaeda then overpowered the Tuareg to seize control of the north.

A French-led military operation launched in January 2013 drove the extremists out of the region's towns and cities.

But the country remains deeply divided, with the Tuareg and Arab populations of the north accusing sub-Saharan ethnic groups in the more prosperous south of marginalising them.

Tuareg rebels and Islamist militants remain active throughout the north, a vast area the size of France, but attacks outside of the region are rare.

Al-Murabitoun, an Islamist militia led by notorious Algerian jihadist commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar, claimed responsibility for an attack against Westerners in Bamako on March 7.

Three Malians, a French national and a Belgian were killed as militants stormed a nightclub that was popular with the capital's expatriate community.

The group also carried out a suicide attack on April 15 against the Nigerian contingent of the UN mission in Mali, killing two civilians.

Hopes for peace in Mali were boosted last week when the main Tuareg-led rebel movement announced it would sign an agreement to end the conflict in the west African nation on June 20.

The Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA) initialled the deal alongside the Malian government in May but was holding out on a final deal until guarantees were made about the representation of northern populations in any future security force.

The CMA on Wednesday, however, claimed the signing of the agreement could be in jeopardy after accusing pro-government militias of carrying out arbitrary arrests and looting in northeast Mali.

Mali's jihadist groups have been sidelined during the peace process however, and were not involved in UN-brokered talks to formulate the accord.

almaghribtoday
almaghribtoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

policeman killed by suspected jihadists in southern mali policeman killed by suspected jihadists in southern mali

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

policeman killed by suspected jihadists in southern mali policeman killed by suspected jihadists in southern mali

 



Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today Skincare PR Performance Full Year 2017

GMT 09:22 2018 Monday ,22 January

Skincare PR Performance Full Year 2017
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today New hunt for flight MH370 gets under way

GMT 11:03 2018 Wednesday ,24 January

New hunt for flight MH370 gets under way
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today Modern colorful bedroom renovation

GMT 10:57 2017 Thursday ,21 December

Modern colorful bedroom renovation
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today Puigdemont candidate for Catalan president

GMT 13:56 2018 Tuesday ,23 January

Puigdemont candidate for Catalan president
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today Turkey detains dozens more

GMT 10:47 2018 Wednesday ,24 January

Turkey detains dozens more

GMT 10:43 2018 Tuesday ,23 January

Volkswagen clinches record sales

GMT 09:47 2018 Tuesday ,23 January

To 'eternal style' of late Alaia

GMT 09:53 2017 Friday ,24 November

Singapore growth beats forecasts

GMT 19:42 2017 Tuesday ,05 December

Facebook opens new London hub, creating 800 jobs

GMT 15:32 2018 Thursday ,04 January

China boosts investment in Sri Lankan mega-project

GMT 15:31 2017 Friday ,29 September

EBRD finances solar power plant

GMT 15:42 2017 Monday ,18 December

Uber struggles to make inroads in Japan

GMT 10:13 2017 Monday ,06 November

What now for Puigdemont in Belgium?

GMT 09:03 2017 Monday ,31 July

Huda Zakaria reveals features of freedom

GMT 08:11 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Ex-French minister Dati wants tough action

GMT 13:09 2017 Thursday ,02 February

2024 Olympics finalists promise long-term gains

GMT 04:19 2015 Friday ,15 May

13-meter Magna Carta embroidery unveiled

GMT 16:19 2017 Saturday ,18 November

Jay-Z campaigns to reform probation after rapper jailed

GMT 17:17 2017 Monday ,16 October

Singer Bjork tells of sexual harassment by director

GMT 09:54 2017 Thursday ,05 October

Trio awarded Nobel prize for 'cool' method

GMT 10:42 2017 Sunday ,17 September

Saudi education minister signs cooperation agreement

GMT 14:19 2017 Tuesday ,31 October

MoFA monitoring Bahraini citizen's health condition
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today
 
 Almaghrib Today Facebook,almaghrib today facebook  Almaghrib Today Twitter,almaghrib today twitter Almaghrib Today Rss,almaghrib today rss  Almaghrib Today Youtube,almaghrib today youtube  Almaghrib Today Youtube,almaghrib today youtube

Maintained and developed by Arabs Today Group SAL.
All rights reserved to Arab Today Media Group 2021 ©

Maintained and developed by Arabs Today Group SAL.
All rights reserved to Arab Today Media Group 2021 ©

.almaghribtoday .almaghribtoday .almaghribtoday .almaghribtoday
almaghribtoday almaghribtoday almaghribtoday
almaghribtoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
almaghribtoday, Almaghribtoday, Almaghribtoday