ISIS claims deadly attack on Mali army, as well as killing of French soldier

The Malian army said 49 of its soldiers were killed in an attack on a military post in the northeast of the country on Friday. (File photo: AFP)

The ISIS group on Saturday claimed responsibility for one of the deadliest attacks in years against Mali’s military, which killed 53 soldiers and one civilian at an army post in northern Mali.

“Soldiers of the caliphate attacked a military base where elements of the apostate Malian army were stationed in the village of Indelimane,” the extremist group said in a statement on its social media channels.

France said one of its soldiers in Mali had died after his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device, according to a statement by the French presidency.

The ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack that killed the French soldier in restive eastern Mali on Saturday.

ISIS fighters “detonated an explosive device on a French army convoy in the Indelimane area,” it said on its Telegram channel, shortly after also claiming the Friday attack on the Malian army base in the same region.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:54 - GMT 06:54