Terrorist group Katiba Macina claims attack on the outskirts of Bamako

The terrorist group Katiba Macina, an affiliate of Al-Qaida, claimed responsibility for Friday’s suicide bombing in Mali, targeting the country’s main military base on the outskirts of the capital, which killed at least one person.

On Friday, “a brigade of ‘mujahideen’ carried out a blessed operation against the Malian army, the unjust murderer of innocents, in the most notorious place in the capital, Bamako, close to the headquarters of the president and the Ministry of Defense”, the statement reads, which argues that “if [the Government] has the right to hire mercenaries to kill defenseless innocents, then we have the right to destroy and target them”.

The Macina Liberation Front (FLM) statement was confirmed by the non-governmental organization SITE, which specializes in monitoring radical groups, according to the French news agency France-Presse (AFP).

The Malian army has intensified its operations against terrorists in recent months, relying on what it claims are Russian instructors, who are actually paramilitaries from the Russian private security group Wagner, who have been present in Mali since early 2021, from according to Western diplomats.

The Malian army had already attributed the attack with two truck bombs to Katiba Macina’s ‘jihadists’ on Friday, which killed at least one Malian soldier and wounded six others, including a civilian, while seven attackers were “neutralized” and another eight were arrested.

Kati is the heart of Mali’s military apparatus and is close to the home of the leader of the ruling junta, Assimi Goita, and his powerful defense minister, Colonel Sadio Camara.

According to information released by the Malian news portal Malijet, the explosions at the Kati base led to a shooting, with reports that the junta leader and transitional president, Assimi Goita, was transferred from the site to Bamako by convoy.

Goita led the August 2020 uprising against then-President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and subsequently led a second coup in May 2021 against Mali’s transitional authorities, at which point he overthrew President and Prime Minister Bah Ndaw and Moctar Ouane, and seized power.

Relations between Bamako and the international community have been strained since then, in part due to delays in the originally announced election deadlines and the deployment of Russian mercenaries from the Wagner group to deal with the ‘jihadist’ threat, which led to the withdrawal of Western troops.

Mali, like other Sahel countries, has seen an increasing number of rebel attacks in recent years, both by the Al-Qaida branch in the region and by the Islamic State, which has also led to an increase in intercommunal violence and the displacement of tens of thousands of people.

Source: With Agencies

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