MALIAN POLICEMAN KILLED IN AN OVERNIGHT ATTACK

MALIAN POLICEMAN KILLED IN AN OVERNIGHT ATTACK

A Policeman Was Killed Monday In An Overnight Attack In Western Mali Claimed By An Al-Qaeda-Linked Jihadist Group, In Fresh Violence To Hit The War-Torn Sahel State. 

Armed Men Attacked A Gendarmerie Post At Diema Near The Border With Mauritania, Mali’s Security Minister Salif Traore Said.

A Gendarme – A Member Of A Police Force Under Military Control — Was Killed.

Traore Added That Security Forces Fought Off The Attack And The Bodies Of Two Assailants Had Been Discovered.

The Sahel-Based Jihadist Group To Support Islam And Muslims (Gsim) Said Its Fighters Had Killed Four Gendarmes And Injured Several More, According To Site Intelligence, Which Monitors Jihadist Websites Worldwide.

Mali Government Spokesman Yaya Sangare Said On Social Media That Authorities Dispatched Special Forces Troops Who Repulsed The Attack. The Government Also Sent Warplanes To The Area, He Added.

Last Month, A Toll Station In Diema, Which Lies On The Major Trading Road Between Senegal And Mali, Was Attacked. Two Civilians Were Killed.

Mali Has Been Struggling To Quell An Islamist Insurgency That Erupted In The North In 2012 And Has Since Claimed Thousands Of Military And Civilian Lives.  

The Conflict Has Spread To Central Mali, As Well As Neighbouring Burkina Faso And Niger, But The West Of The Country Has So Far Been Largely Spared

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