The French General Staff did not reveal it until Thursday, October 26 in the morning. In Mali, Operation Barkhane and the French Special Forces led a raid earlier this week against an armed terrorist group in the north of the country.
According to the army’s terminology, 15 jihadist fighters were put out of action. According to our information, almost all would be dead. Colonel Patrick Steiger is the spokesman for the French armies. He was speaking this morning in Paris.
“On the night of Monday 23 to Tuesday 24, in the region of Abeybara, about 100 km northeast of Kidal, it is the discovery, the identification, the location of a terrorist katibat, which led to the triggering of a combined action between the French Special Forces and Barkhane. The operation included, in addition to the location and identification, a strike by Mirage 2000 aircraft and a Tiger helicopter, completed by ground action, “ he said.
“The operation put 15 members of this katibat who depended on Ansar Dine out of action. Equipment, weapons, and ammunition were also recovered or destroyed. Finally, a security situation that remains fragile, marked by regular security incidents in central and northern Mali, as well as in cross-border areas between Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso with a marked activism on the part of ‘EIGS confirmed by the attack on the gendarmerie Ayorou in Niger on Saturday, October 21 last, “ he concluded.