In the north of Mali, 24 government army soldiers have been killed by extremist militias. This happened in the northwest of the country, not far from the border with Mauritania.
The soldiers were on patrol and ambushed and attacked by armed men. Eight soldiers managed to escape. Two days earlier, two UN peacekeepers were killed.
It is the bloodiest attack on the Malian army since November when 53 soldiers died in an attack on an army post in the north.
IS and al-Qaida
Several groups of Muslim extremists associated with IS and al-Qaida are active in the Sahel. They regularly attack military convoys in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso.
The French army is working with the West African government armies to take out the terrorist groups. Earlier this month, the French managed to kill the leader of the North African branch of al-Qaida.
Terrorist attacks in Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali: we hear about them more and more. That is no coincidence: jihadists want to establish a new caliphate in this region. With disastrous consequences for the population.