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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.