02 Jul '18, 4pm

JNIM claims suicide bombing on French troops in Gao | FDD's Long War Journal

Abu Saad al Ansari, the perpetrator of yesterday’s suicide bombing on French troops in Gao. Al Qaeda’s Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM) released a statement this morning claiming responsibility for yesterday’s suicide bombing inside the northern Malian city of Gao. JNIM states that a suicide bomber, identified as Saad al Ansari (implying he is a local Malian), rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into a French patrol in the city of Gao. French military sources confirmed to France24 that a military patrol of around 30 troops had come under attack in the city. At least eight French troops were wounded, while two civilians lost their lives in the explosion. Only days earlier, JNIM also targeted the base of the G5 Sahel , an alliance of Sahelien states, in central Mali with a suicide bombing. Three people were killed in the operation . The initial death toll was low...

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