n Africa Conflict Monitor - ACM Country Profile : Mali : North Africa - national profile

Volume 2015, Issue 04
  • ISSN : 2311-6943


The Bottom Line: When two people died in an explosion on 24 March 2015 in Mali's northern town Gao, that in 2012 was occupied by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), it came as a relief that the incident was a house demolition gone wrong. However, terrorist killings are still commonplace in the north of the country where UN peacekeepers continue efforts to defeat AQIM. The terror group decapitated a man in Timbuktu on 17 March, and responsibility for the slaying of five customers of a Bamako bar, including French and Belgian citizens, was claimed by al-Murabitun, a regional rival to AQIM. The attacks drew response from Western governments, with US Secretary of State John Kerry stating, "This is an act of cowardice. But an act of opening fire in a restaurant filled with innocent civilians - in the end, that only strengthens our resolve to fight terrorism in all of its forms, wherever it exists". Meanwhile, the economy struggles along with efforts to entirely liberate the north from the control of terrorist groups.

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