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An operation targeting RVIM executives southeast of Tessalit

(B2) The soldiers of Operation Barkhane carried out, on the night of March 31 to April XNUMX, an operation aimed at capturing executives of terrorist groups in the North-East of Mali

Two jihadists captured

This operation took place on the ground in an area located 95 km south-east of Tessalit (town in north-eastern Mali, in the Adrar des Ifoghas). The objective was to capture executives evolving in the “ sphere of the RVIM », the Rally for the Victory of Islam and Muslims, indicates the general staff of the armies (NB: organization also called GSIM or JNIM in Arabic). Bottom line: two armed jihadists captured — “ they are currently being questioned » — another 'neutralized', and a deceased woman (without the exact cause of death being specified). Three individual weapons (Kalashnikov AK 47 type), of “ many ammunition and telephones were also seized.

An exchange of fire, a dead woman

« After a delicate infiltration in discretion ", and the arrest of the two suspects, the French soldiers " was taken to task by an individual hiding in a tent ". In order to put an end to this attack, they retaliated in self-defence, in a proportionate and controlled manner (according to the formula now consecrated). During this exchange of fire, the tent housing the assailant caught fire ". A young child, present in this same tent, was “ extracted from the flames by one of the French soldiers ". He was treated on the spot before being evacuated to the Gao military hospital. " Suffering from superficial injuries, he is out of danger. ". The deceased woman was present alongside the assailant ". She was " found lifeless », indicates laconically the official press release without specifying the cause of death. NB: an investigation is normally carried out to determine the origin of the death, for example to identify in the event of a shooting, what is the origin of the fatal bullet.


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).

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