Terror in Mali: 6 killed in Al Qaeda-linked suicide bombing, raid at UN G5 military base
At least six soldiers were killed and many more wounded when a car packed with explosives was blown up by Muslim terrorists at the new, five-nation West African headquarters of the UN regional G5 Sahel task-force on Friday.
The bomb blast shook the community of Sevare, near the central city of Mopti.
The G5 Sahel task-force was created last year to root out Muslim terrorism in West Africa’s Sahel region. The task force is made up of 5,000 soldiers from Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mauritania.
The Mali-based al-Qaeda branch, Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen, reportedly claimed credit for the suicide bombing and raid.
French President Emmanuel Macron and African leaders are due to meet at an African Union summit starting Sunday in Mauritania. The threat from terrorists is on the agenda.