The Support Group for Islam and Muslims (GSIM), a Sahelian jihadist alliance affiliated with al-Qaida, claimed responsibility on Thursday for the suicide attack which injured six French soldiers on January 8 in Mali, in a statement released by its Al-Zallaqa propaganda platform.
The GSIM, the main jihadist alliance in the Sahel, notably invokes the presumed death of civilians in a recent air strike and the continuation of the French military presence in the sub-region.
“If you don’t withdraw, you will see new attacks”
A fighter from the group “detonated his vehicle stuffed with explosives against a convoy of French occupying forces and Malian apostates in Arbanda, near the border with Burkina Faso,” said GSIM.
“We want to assert to the French government and people that no matter how strong the occupying power is, it will not be able to defeat the will of the people to live in freedom. If you do not withdraw, you will witness new and even more violent attacks. “, he added.
The French army announced on January 8 that six soldiers of its anti-jihadist force Barkhane had been wounded the same day in Mali by a suicide vehicle.
This is the third attack since the end of December against the French soldiers, who have already deplored five deaths during the period, according to the staff of the French army.
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