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Malian armed forces say two airstrikes neutralized “Franco-Tunisian terrorists”

Mali’s army command has revealed that, an airstrike operation carried out in Moura has “neutralized” a group of terrorists including fighters of foreign origin. The post-operation report says some of the group members are Franco-Tunisians.

In a statement, the Malian Armed Forces (FAM) said it undertook “two air strike operations on April 14, 2022 to neutralize a dozen terrorists in the forest of Ganguel about 10 km.”

FAM added further that, “these strikes made it possible to neutralize some executives of the GSIM including Samir Al-Bourhan, a Franco-Tunisian terrorist cadre, speaking French and Arabic.”

The command explained that, the operation took place after a security intelligence was gathered that the support group for the regional terrorists have arrived to “to boost the morale of the fighters” with “long-awaited financial and logistical support”.

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Meanwhile, the Malian troops earlier carried out a similar operation which resulted in the arrest of some foreign terrorist. “Military detachment from Diabaly carried out the arrest on April 10, 2022, of five suspects including three European nationals,” the command said in the earlier statement.

The GSIM (Support Group for Islam and Muslims) as targeted in the recent strikes is the main jihadist group in the Sahel region which is linked to Al-Qaeda.

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