September 26

Mali arrests two suspects in planned terror attack

first_imgMali arrests two suspects in planned terror attackMalian officials said Friday they have arrested two suspected jihadists after they planned to stage a suicide attack in the capital Bamako during the France-Africa summit earlier this month.The attack was planned for the France-Africa summit on January 13 and 14, which gathered some 30 African states and France to discuss the fight against extremists, the struggle to improve governance and the migrant crisis, News24 reports.“In two separate operations in Bamako on Thursday, Malian special intelligence operatives arrested two jihadists who were preparing to commit a large scale attack in Bamako against foreign targets,” a security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.The suspects were arrested carrying a GPS system, ammunition and explosive material.According to security sources one of the suspects was the logistic specialist who did the tracking while the second was likely to be the suicide bomber.The security source also said that both men belonged to the group of Algerian jihadist and al-Qaeda ally Mokhtar Belmokhtar, which claimed responsibility for a January 18 suicide bombing that, killed more than 70 people in the northern city of Gao, News24 reportsThe group, allied to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim), targeted militia groups committed to restoring peace in Mali.last_img read more