A rocket and car-bomb attack struck French and UN bases in Mali on Saturday in the latest manifestation of a rise in jihadist violence, despite attempts to stabilise the country by mainly French-led military forces.
A French judge visited Mali in February to investigate the 2013 deaths of RFI journalists Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon but was unable to visit Kidal, the site of the murders, a group dedicated to their memory was told at a meeting on Saturday.
French air power on Wednesday killed at least 10 jihadists in northeast Mali near the border with Algeria, local and foreign military sources said.
Several French soldiers were wounded on Thursday, one of them seriously, when a military compound in the northern Malian city of Timbuktu came under attack by mortar fire.
Three jihadist groups operating in the Sahel region of Africa have merged to form one single organisation, Mauritania’s private news agency ANI said Thursday, citing a video distributed by the Islamists.
French and Malian security forces have teamed up with local religious leaders in the northern Malian city of Gao to search for a popular 67-year-old French aid worker who was abducted by armed men on Saturday.
A Frenchwoman who runs an aid group has been kidnapped in Mali’s restive north, the French foreign ministry confirmed on Sunday.