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Senegal arrests two suspected foreign jihadists

DAKAR Senegalese authorities have arrested two suspected foreign jihadists in Dakar, including one who had been in contact with the mastermind of an attack on an Ivory Coast hotel a year ago.

Militants kill 15 Niger soldiers in patrol ambush

NIAMEY Militants ambushed an army patrol in Niger on Thursday, killing 15 soldiers and wounding 19, the Defense Ministry said, occurring in an area near the border with Mali where violent Islamists have been seeking to expand their reach.

World, Africa, Feb 23 2017

Mali soldiers, armed groups hold first joint patrol in northern town

GAO, Mali Malian soldiers staged their first joint patrol on Thursday with rival armed groups in the town of Gao, where Islamist militants killed over 77 people last month in the deadliest such attack in the country's history.

World, Feb 23 2017

Germany wants surveillance airships for U.N. mission in Mali

BERLIN The German military plans to beef up security for a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali by deploying a number of tethered aerostats - small airships with threat-tracking sensors - like those used by the U.S. military in Afghanistan, a spokeswoman for the armed forces said.

World, Africa, Feb 22 2017

Ethnic clashes in central Mali kill at least 13

BAMAKO At least 13 people were killed in central Mali at the weekend in inter-ethnic clashes between Fulanis and Bambaras, the interior ministry said on Monday, escalating a conflict over resources in a region increasingly outside state control.

World, Africa, Feb 13 2017

Three arrests made in Mali over attack that killed 77 people

BAMAKO Forces from France's Operation Barkhane have arrested three people in connection with a suicide bombing in northern Mali that killed at least 77 people, Mali's Security Minister Salif Traore said on Thursday.

World, Africa, Jan 26 2017

Al Qaeda says Mali attack punishment for cooperation with France

GAO, Mali Al Qaeda's North African affiliate said a suicide bomb attack on a military camp in northern Mali that killed up to 60 people and wounded more than 100 others on Wednesday was punishment for groups there cooperating with France.

World, Africa, Jan 18 2017

Al Qaeda says Mali bombing punishment for working with France

ABIDJAN Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) said in a statement on Wednesday that a suicide bombing that killed dozens in northern Mali was punishment for groups there cooperating with France, according to a translation released by the SITE Intelligence Group.

World, Africa, Jan 18 2017

Al Qaeda-linked Islamist group claims Mali suicide bombing

NAIROBI Al Mourabitoun, a group linked to al Qaeda's North African affiliate, claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Mali that killed at least 42 people and injured more than 100 others on Wednesday, according to the Mauritanian news agency Alakhbar.

World, Africa, Jan 18 2017

France says Mali army camp explosion is major 'symbolic attack'

PARIS France's interior minister described Wednesday's deadly car bomb explosion at an army camp in Gao, northern Mali, as a "major and highly symbolic attack" in an area visited days ago by French President Francois Hollande.

World, Africa, Jan 18 2017