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Islamists “neutralised” by French forces in Mali

By on December 23, 2015

French forces in Mali have killed or captured 10 members of The al-Murabitoun group which claimed responsibility for a hotel massacre last month, the defence ministry in Paris says.
The operation took place on Saturday night near Menaka in eastern Mali.
Arms and vehicles were seized during the four-hour fire fight, the ministry said in a statement.
The group says it was behind the attack on the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako last November.
It says it was working with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). But the Macina Liberation Front from central Mali has also claimed responsibility.

In its statement, the defence ministry said members of France’s anti-Islamist Barkhane force had “neutralised” 10 terrorists.

On Monday the government of Mali declared a 10-day state of alert because of renewed security concerns.

Northern Mali was captured by groups who claimed an independent Islamic state in 2012. They were ousted in a French-led military operation which began in January 2013.

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