In this file picture taken on August 10, 2018 Mali’s incumbent president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita addresses his supporters throughout his final political rally in Bamako forward of the runoff vote in Mali’s presidential election on August 12, 2018.
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G5 Sahel leaders will meet Sunday for an emergency summit in Niger to coordinate their response to a Jihadist assault on a military camp that killed 71 army personnel, Mali and Niger mentioned.
The Islamic State group claimed duty for the assault, wherein tons of of jihadists on Tuesday attacked the camp close to the border with Mali with shells and mortars.
“Yesterday our neighbour Niger buried 71 of its soldiers who died by the bullets of those who want to spread chaos,” Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita instructed an viewers in Bamako on Saturday.
“We will not fail in our solidarity with Niger and tomorrow my brothers of the G5 Sahel and I will go to Niamey and we will consult together,” he mentioned.
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The G5 Sahel, an anti-jihadist process pressure, contains Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania, and Chad.
The Niger presidency confirmed the summit to AFP.
The assault in Inates within the western Tillaberi area was the deadliest on Niger’s army since Islamist militant violence started to spill over from neighbouring Mali in 2015, and dealt a blow to efforts to roll again jihadism within the Sahel.
Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou raced again within the night time from a safety and improvement convention in Egypt to chair a gathering of the National Security Council in Niamey. Three days of nationwide mourning have been declared.
Militant violence has unfold throughout the huge Sahel area, particularly in Burkina Faso and Niger, after it started when armed Islamists revolted in northern Mali in 2012.
Tuesday’s assault prompted French President Emmanuel Macron to postpone a gathering scheduled for subsequent week within the southwestern French city of Pau, the place he and 5 presidents from the Sahel have been attributable to focus on safety within the area.
The talks will now happen early subsequent yr.