Görkem ŞEKEROĞLU -TDO- The French government on Monday said that its forces killed more than 50 jihadists linked to the Al Qaeda and captured four others in an operation in Mali.
The operation took place on Friday in an area near the borders of Burkina Faso and Niger, where government troops are fighting an radical Islamic insurgency, French Defense Minister Florence Parly said at a meeting with the members of Mali’s transitional government.
“In Mali on October 30, the French Barkhane force conducted an operation that neutralised more than 50 jihadists and confiscated arms and military material,” said Parly, adding that about 30 motorcycles were destroyed.
“The offensive was launched after a drone detected a "very large" motorcycle caravan in the "three borders" area, she also said.
Four terrorists have been captured - explosives and a suicide vest had been found, Military spokesman Colonel Frederic Barbry told reporters in a conference call, saying that the group had been “about to attack an army position in the region”.
Barbry also said that another operation, this time targeting the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, was also in progress, with the participation of a total of 3,000 soldiers.
The outcome of the operation, launched about a month ago, would be announced in the following days, he said.
Parly also said that the recent operation is a substantial impact to the ansarul İslam group which is linked to Al Qaeda.