(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 (city 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). On the record: 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 have " 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 cause of death, for example to identify, in the event of a shot, what is the origin of the fatal bullet.