Dozens of Malian and French soldiers were killed or Injured in a recent suicide attack by the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISIS-GS), the terrorist group’s news agency, Amaq, claimed in a report on March 14.
According to Amaq, the attack targeted a convoy of French and Malian forces near the town of Indelimane on the road linking the towns of Ansongo and Menaka in eastern Mali on March 10.
A suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) struck a gathering of Malian and French soldiers near the convoy, allegedly killing or injuring most of them.
Amaq said that SVBIED was driven by a suicide bomber known as Abdullah al-Ansari. The agency also shared a photo of the attacker.
The same convoy was supposedly targeted again on March 11 near the town of Ihagana with an improvised explosive device (IED). Amaq claimed that the attack destroyed a vehicle, killing everyone aboard it.
No SVBIED or IED attacks were reported in Mali on March 10 or 11. This suggests that ISIS-GS claims are false or that both attacks were a complete failure.
ISIS-GS was formed in 2015 as the result of a split within the radical group al-Mourabitoun. French and Malian forces have been attempting to contain the threat of the terrorist group ever since with limited success.