malian military on high alert after suicide attack
Last Updated : GMT 19:12:39
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Malian military on high alert after suicide attack

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Malian military on high alert after suicide attack

Bamako - XINHUA

Malian military were on high alert and reinforced security in the northern largest city of Gao on Saturday, a day after an Islamist suicide bomber targeted a checkpoint on the city's outskirts in the country's first suicide attack. The Malian troops in Gao were fortifying checkpoints with sandbags and heavy machine guns and patrolling the city in heavy rotation, as the Friday suicide blast raised new concerns about the insurgence in the West African country. On Friday, a young Tuareg man riding a motorcycle detonated an explosive belt at the checkpoint, killing only himself and wounding a soldier, according to reports. The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) claimed responsibility for the attack against the Malian soldiers "who chose the side of the miscreants, the enemies of Islam," the reports said. The MUJAO as well as other rebel groups took advantage of a military coup in the distant capital Bamako on March 22, 2012 to sweep through northern Mali. Fears of suicide bombing attacks have been high since the discovery of industrial-strength explosives in Gao earlier this week. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned on Thursday that the armed groups and terrorist elements in Mali that fled amid French troops' offensive might come back and stage reprisal attacks, although the French operations there so far have been effective and successful. France intervened in its former colony on Jan. 11, after the Islamic militants began pushing south, raising alarm that they were inching closer toward the capital. Moreover, a gunfight in Bamako between rival factions of the Malian army on Friday exposed the weakness and division of Mali's military. Government troops exchanged fire with paratroopers loyal to former President Amadou Toumani Toure, who was ousted in the March 2012 coup, as they fired into the air to protest an order deploying them elsewhere. Two people were killed and 13 others injured in the confrontation at the 33rd camp of the Djicoroni paratroopers brigade, who are commonly known as the red berets, the government said in a statement. The government "deplored the death of two adolescents and the injuring of 13 other people" during an attack against the paratroopers' camp by green berets and the police who wanted to push the red berets out of the camp, it said. Interim President Dioncounda Traore condemned the clashes, calling for a "definitive end" to the internecine fighting. "I am deeply saddened by the clashes within the Malian army," Traore said on state-run television. The arrival of the first European Union (EU) contingent, comprising 70 military instructors, came as a boost to the Malian army. Its head, Colonel Bruno Heluin, told the press in Bamako that the mission will assist in "reforming Mali's army so that it is able to safeguard the country's national territory and respond rapidly when called upon." The EU decided to dispatch hundreds of trainers to reinforce the capacity of the Malian army, following a request for support by the country's senior military officials, who wanted their soldiers to be well trained and equipped to fight rebel groups in northern Mali. Mali has been unstable since Toure was ousted on March 22, 2012. In December 2012, then Prime Minister of the transitional government Cheick Modibo Diarra announced resignation and dissolved the cabinet after being arrested by troops supportive of ex-coup leader Amadou Sanogo. Northern rebels continued its southward push in January 2013, briefly taking the key town of Konna in central Mali and threatening the Bamako-based government of transition, which is recognized by the international community. The Malian army launched counter-offensives with the backing of other African countries and France, the former colonial ruler of Mali. The rebels have retreated in disarray since the French military intervention, with the Malian government taking back the northern towns of Gao, Timbuktu and Kidal. Although Mali's transitional President Dioncounda Traore has announced that elections are scheduled for July 31 to end the crisis, analysts see uphill challenges ahead to restore territorial integrity and constitutional rule in the aftermath of the coup and rebellions.

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

malian military on high alert after suicide attack malian military on high alert after suicide attack

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

malian military on high alert after suicide attack malian military on high alert after suicide attack

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Jordanian woman reveals her project

GMT 00:46 2017 Saturday ,11 November

Jordanian woman reveals her project
Arab Today, arab today PNG police start removing refugees

GMT 03:00 2017 Friday ,24 November

PNG police start removing refugees
Arab Today, arab today Sophian Yussef reveals suitable decoration

GMT 02:56 2017 Thursday ,23 November

Sophian Yussef reveals suitable decoration
Arab Today, arab today Syria congress to go ahead

GMT 02:24 2017 Friday ,24 November

Syria congress to go ahead
Arab Today, arab today IS media offline for a day

GMT 02:10 2017 Friday ,24 November

IS media offline for a day
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Human form of 'mad cow' disease

GMT 00:11 2017 Friday ,24 November

Human form of 'mad cow' disease
Arab Today, arab today British woman jailed in Iran to appear

GMT 03:19 2017 Friday ,24 November

British woman jailed in Iran to appear
Arab Today, arab today Delhi half-marathon to go ahead

GMT 03:51 2017 Saturday ,18 November

Delhi half-marathon to go ahead
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today Mitsubishi Materials units falsified product

GMT 03:24 2017 Friday ,24 November

Mitsubishi Materials units falsified product
Arab Today, arab today 'Robo-taxis' hold promise, and perils

GMT 08:07 2017 Thursday ,23 November

'Robo-taxis' hold promise, and perils
Arab Today, arab today Solaf happy for participating in “Hotline”

GMT 07:56 2017 Wednesday ,22 November

Solaf happy for participating in “Hotline”
Arab Today, arab today paObama climate envoy slams Trump's rejection

GMT 16:04 2017 Friday ,17 November

paObama climate envoy slams Trump's rejection

GMT 08:03 2017 Tuesday ,21 November

Abeer Sabry reveals reason of “The Flood” success

GMT 08:03 2017 Thursday ,23 November

Srebrenica women cry tears of joy

GMT 18:41 2017 Friday ,20 October

Designer Aql Faqih aspires to innovation

GMT 11:38 2017 Wednesday ,15 November

Unloved vultures fight for their survival

GMT 17:52 2017 Sunday ,03 September

Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts

GMT 09:12 2017 Thursday ,23 November

4 in 10 cancers due to modifiable risk

GMT 10:47 2017 Wednesday ,22 November

The Big Apple bike boom

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 16:53 2017 Tuesday ,05 September

Youssra depended on colored foam
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday