Jihadist attack in Mali: nine civilians dead, including children

The death toll from a bloody suicide attack launched yesterday by suspected jihadists in Mali is nine civilians dead, including pregnant women and children, and about sixty injured. This was reported by the regional government, specifying that the attack targeted an airport and an adjacent military camp in the center of the country. Two local elected officials and a diplomatic source pointed to the site – near the town of Sevare in the Mopti region – as a camp hosting Russian troops.

The situation

Mali’s junta in 2022 began working with what it calls Russian military “instructors.” Opponents say they are mercenaries from the Russian Wagner group. “The Russian camp and their planes have been targeted: the camp is near the airport,” a local elected official told AFP. The attack lasted from 8 am over two hours; four loud explosions were heard, followed by automatic weapons fire. Smoke was seen near the airport. The Malian army later claimed to have regained control of the area. The local elected official said Senegalese soldiers from the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali, Minusma, were involved in the fighting.