French forces eliminate 20 jihadists on Mali-Burkina Faso border

Sunday, April 30, 2017|4 p.m.

BAMAKO, Mali– French forces battling extremism in Africa’s Sahel area say they have actually eliminated a minimum of 20 jihadists in a forest on the border in between Mali and Burkina Faso.

A declaration Sunday from Operation Barkhane says soldiers also discovered big amounts of arms, ammo, rocket launchers and explosives in the Foulsare forest.

A homeowner in a nearby village stated aircrafts dropped bombs in the location late Saturday and numerous jihadists gotten away by foot.

The Burkina Faso-Mali border area has actually been increasingly unsteady. A group of extremists from Burkina Faso who are ethnic Peul have been introducing attacks this year in the border region versus Burkina Faso forces.

More than 3,500 French soldiers are in Mali, Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso and Mauritania as part of Operation Barkhane.

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