Africa : The French Army active in Africa’s Sahel region under Operation Barkhane have managed to gun down 30 Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists in Mali.
French Army Operation
The French Armed Forces Ministry informed about the entire operation through a statement reading: “Overnight into November 23, 2018, the French forces part of the Operation Barkhane dealt a major blow to the Macina Liberation Front terror group in the Mopti area of Mali. At the current stage of the assessment of the operation, we can see that around 30 terrorists were neutralized.”
French Army Operation in Mali: Al-Qaeda terrorists gunned down
According to the statement, there are reports of Hamadoun Kouffa, leader of the Macina Liberation Front Islamist group, and his key associated being affected by the operation carried out by the French troops. Apart from Mali, Operation Barkhane that commenced on 1 August 2014 entails Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania and Niger.
Al-Qaeda terrorists gunned down in Mali
In 2012, Tuareg militants had seized vast territories in the northern part of Mali following which the situation destabilized in the country. The conflicts further increased due to the French interference, Islamists, as well as forces loyal to former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddaf.