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France destroys Al-Qaeda convoy carrying arms from Libya to Mali

An Aqim fighter in northern Mali last year
An Aqim fighter in northern Mali last year AFP/Site Monitoring Service

France says its forces in NIger have destroyed an Al-Qaeda convoy carrying a large amount of weapons from Libya to Mali.

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The convoy of vehicles belonging to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim) was "intercepted and destroyed on Thursday night in northern Niger, said a statement from the

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French presidency.

The operation, backed by Niger’s authorities, had allowed French forces to seize a large quantity of weapons and to neutralise the transporters, some of whom were captured, it said.

The statement did not detail casualties.

In late September French forces taking part in the Barkhane operation in the Sahel conducted two similar operations in Niger and in northern Mali.

A close ally and several presumed partisans of Algerian jihadist leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar were captured.

 

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