Terror group 'threatens France over Mali'

2014-01-07 08:43

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Dakar - A terror group active in West Africa has threatened to target the interests of "France and her allies" in retaliation for France's military intervention in Mali last year, according to a Mauritanian website frequently used by local jihadists to communicate with the outside world.

The statement from the Mourabitounes group, sent on Saturday to the Nouakchott Information Agency, also detailed terrorist operations carried out by the group's members last year, including attacks in Niger and Mali, and the killing of foreign hostages at a natural gas plant in south-eastern Algeria.

Mourabitounes was formed in August, when the one-eyed terror leader Moktar Belmoktar officially joined forces with the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, a radical al-Qaeda-linked jihadist group that once controlled part of northern Mali and has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks in the Gao region since France intervened.

In a statement last month designating the Marabitounes group as a foreign terrorist organisation, the US state department said it "constitutes the greatest near-term threat to US and Western interests" in Africa's Sahel region.

France intervened in Mali in January 2013 after the country's northern half fell under the control of Islamic extremists following a March 2012 military coup. Later that month, Belmoktar staged his most notorious operation targeting the Algerian natural gas facility at Ain Amenas, taking hundreds hostage before the army attacked, killing nearly all the militants. At least 40 hostages died in the standoff.

The state department has said three US citizens were killed in the attack and that seven Americans escaped.

More recently Belmoktar and the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa claimed joint responsibility in May for attacks in Niger. Suicide bombers detonated two car bombs simultaneously there, one inside a military camp in the city of Agadez and another in the remote town of Arlit at a French-operated uranium mine, killing a total of 26 people and wounding dozens.

The latest message from the Mourabitounes group accused France of killing "peaceful children, women and old men" during its operations in northern Mali.

"The mujahedeen will not rest with arms crossed facing this situation, even if, today, the voice of injustice prevails," the Nouakchott Information Agency website quoted the message as saying.

- AP
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