Saturday, December 4, 2021

Mali: Another Horrific Jihadist Attack

On December 3,  31 people were killed when terrorists attacked a truck in which they were riding to a fair in the African country of Mali. Times of Israel has an English-language report here

The below article from the French-language Malian newspaper, l Essor is translated by Fousesquawk.

Mali: Multiple condemnations after terrorist attack between Songho and Bandiagara

Between fear and indignation, the condemnations come in a flurry after the armed attack perpetrated against a truck en route to the fair at Bandiagara on Friday, December 3, 2021.

Unidentified armed bandits attacked and burned a truck transporting fair-goers, a government statement informed, which established that there were 31 deaths, 17 wounded, and the truck incinerated.

The government presents its "saddest condolences to the bereaved families and reassures the public that all measures will be taken to arrest and punish the perpetrators of this ignoble and tragic act," the statement says.

This tragedy has brought reactions from several parties across the national political spectrum. Rally for Mali (RPM) condemned the "cowardly and barbaric attack against civilians". The Weaver Party, "bows before the memory of the innocents, and wishes a prompt recovery to the injured."

In the same vein, Parena (Party for National Rebirth) "energetically condemns this appalling massacre and asks the authorities to search, by every means, for the barbarians and their accomplices who have committed this monstrous crime, to bring them to justice." The party expresses also its, "compassion and presents its condolences to the grieving families of the victims."

Other parties have reacted like the Adema-PASI (African Party for Solidarity and Justice), which condemns with firmness, "this barbaric attack," in saluting the "promptness in which medical aid and the military were deployed."

For its part, Codem (Convergence for the Development of Mali) condemns a "cowardly and barbaric attack and presents its condolences to the families of the victims and the entire Mali nation in this painful circumstance."

In a  statement published Saturday, 4 December, the special representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Mali, El-Ghassim Wane, condemns with firmness "an ignoble attack".  The head of the Minusma also presents his "condolences to the bereaved families and wishes a prompt recovery to the injured. As well to the government and the entire Malian people".

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