BARKHANE – The French General Staff announced Monday night that it killed Mohamed Ag Almouner, one of the main leaders of the Islamic State of the Great Sahara (EIGS), during an operation conducted Sunday in northern Mali. Two civilians were also killed during this raid.
The French General Staff announced on Monday night that it had killed two civilians and Mohamed Ag Almouner, one of the main leaders of the Islamic State group in the Great Sahara (EIGS), during a French army operation led on Sunday. the region of Menaka, in northern Mali.
“The commandos deployed (on the ground after an air strike) saw the death of Mohamed Ag Almouner and a member of his security guard, who discovered that two civilians, a woman and a teenager, had also been killed. A member of the terrorist group and two other civilians were wounded, “the statement said in a statement before adding:” They were taken care of by Barkhane’s medical teams. “
An ongoing investigation into the deaths of civilians
Also according to the staff of the armies, “an investigation is under way to determine how civilians were reached during this strike”. He expresses “his regrets and offers his condolences to the families and relatives of the two victims”. “The French criteria for opening fire are particularly strict and aim to avoid civilian casualties,” he says. “Each mission preparation is compiled and analyzed as much as possible to limit the level of risk involved in the operations.” The proven presence of civilians near the target would have led to cancellation of the mission “, he insists.
The EIGS group, based on the border between Mali and Burkina Faso, is led by Adnane Abu Walid Sahraoui, a defector of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).