Bamako, Mali — Three days of mourning have been declared in Mali after the deadliest assault on Malian troopers in months.
Mali’s transitional president, Assimi Goita, has declared the nationwide mourning interval, beginning Saturday, after 27 Malian troopers have been killed and 33 wounded throughout an assault on a central Mali army camp within the city of Mondoro Friday, in Mali’s Mopti area.
Seven troopers are nonetheless lacking, in accordance with a press launch printed by Mali’s army authorities Friday.
The discharge additionally says that 47 “terrorists” have been “neutralized” the morning of the assault, and 23 later within the afternoon.
The assault comes after the army authorities, which seized energy in a 2020 coup, requested the French army in February to go away Malian territory instantly, following an announcement from French President Emmanuel Macron that French troops would withdraw from Mali over a interval of 4 to 6 months.
The announcement of the withdrawal got here after months of accelerating tensions between the French and Malian governments.
The French army has been current in Mali because it intervened in 2013, in an operation to take again management of northern Mali from Islamists. However since then, each Malian and French forces have struggled to include an insurgency that has moved from northern Mali into the middle of the nation.