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A disarmed suspicious device near EUTM Mali HQ in Bamako (v2)

(B2) A suspicious device was disarmed on Friday (June 7) near the entrance to EUTM Mali headquarters

The suspicious device was discovered at dawn, around 6:30 a.m., on a vehicle during a routine check at the main gate of EUTM Mali headquarters in Bamako.

« Security measures were immediately taken to avoid any harm to EUTM Mali personnel and the local population. » indicates the European training mission of the Malian army. The machine was destroyed around 10:55 a.m. by a robot the EOD team (Explosive ordinance disposal) from special intervention squad (BSI) of the Malian National Police. " No one was hurt ».

Upon inspection, it turned out that the suspicious device was in fact a device used for EUTM training. The investigation is underway to determine why this device was there at that time, a mission official explained to B2. The vehicle belonged to a Spanish officer according to the details of a local journalist from Mali's Figaro. But a mission official interviewed by B2 told us that no Spanish officer is involved.

(NGV)

Updated at 18 p.m. on the Spanish officer

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).