The Malian army had already attributed on Friday July 22 to the jihadists of the Katiba Macina, affiliated with the GSIM, the attack committed with two truck bombs against Kati, the heart of the Malian military apparatus and close to the place of residence of the president of the transition. , Assimi Goïta, and his powerful Defense Minister, Colonel Sadio Camara.
This attack a killed at least one Malian soldier, injured six, including a civilian, while seven assailants were “neutralized” and eight others arrested.
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On Friday, “a brigade of mujahideen carried out a blessed operation against the Malian army, the unjust killer of innocents, at the most notorious place in the capital Bamako, near the headquarters of the president and the Ministry of Defense” , indicates the press release authenticated on Saturday by the American NGO SITE, which specializes in monitoring radical groups.
The Katiba claims to have operated with two suicide bombers, including a Burkinabè, and “commando fighters”. “If you have the right to hire mercenaries to kill defenseless innocents, then we have the right to destroy you and you target,” the statement continued.
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The Malian army has intensified its anti-jihadist operations for a few months by relying on what it presents as Russian instructors, in reality paramilitaries from the Russian private security group Wagner, present in Mali since the beginning of 2021 according to Western diplomats. Despite a very degraded security context, the junta turned away from France and its partners, preferring to rely on Russia to try to stem the spread of jihadism.
The main coalition is the Support Group for Islam and Muslims (GSIM, JNIM in Arabic), affiliated with Al-Qaeda. The GSIM, whose influence on the ground continues to expand, includes a myriad of groups, including the Constitution Grinds.