Kati is used to the sounds of boots and the whistle of bullets. But, so far, they have always come from rebellious soldiers. On July 22, for the first time, they came from jihadists. At dawn it is sous the detonations of their shells that this garrison town which had become the stronghold of Assimi Goïta’s junta woke up.
After several hours of confusion, a press release from the General Staff confirmed this: “The Malian Armed Forces have vigorously repelled a terrorist attack against the Kati barracks”, writes the EMA which, for the first time, expressly designates the katiba Macina, the subsidiary, active in the center of the pays, of the Support Group for Islam and Muslims (GSIM), itself a local branch of al-Qaeda.
The next day, the GSIM spoke in turn, to claim the attack. “A mujahideen brigade carried out a blessed operation against the Malian army, an 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 his communicated.
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