Mali arrests terrorist leader behind deadly attack on military

Malian special forces have arrested one of the leaders of Islamist terrorist group Ansar Dine, responsible for a recent attack that killed 17 soldiers, a government official said Wednesday.

Mahmoud Barry, also known as Abou Yehiya, was Tuesday arrested near the central town of Nampala, where Ansar Dine killed 17 Malian soldiers and injured 35 others during an attack on a military base last week, ministry of homeland security spokesman Ibrahima Sangho told dpa.

Mali's north has been volatile since separatist rebel groups and later al-Qaeda associated militants took control of the region in the wake of the 2012 military coup. The French and African military operations alongside the Malian army scattered militants and restored government control over the area, but rebel activities and military operations continue in some areas, despite the signing of various peace agreements.

Last update: Wed, 27/07/2016 - 14:43

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