France Kills 20 Insurgents in Remote African Region

French forces strike forest near Mali border
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 1, 2017 12:45 AM CDT
French Forces Kill 20 Jihadists at Mali Border
French soldiers on patrol in Gao, northern Mali.   (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

French forces fighting extremism in Africa's Sahel region say they have killed at least 20 jihadists in a forest on the border between Mali and Burkina Faso. A statement Sunday from Operation Barkhane says soldiers also discovered large amounts of arms, ammunition, rocket launchers, and explosives in the area. A resident in a nearby village says planes dropped bombs in the area late Saturday and many jihadists fled by foot. The Burkina Faso-Mali border region has been increasingly unstable in recent months, the AP reports. More than 3,500 French soldiers are in Mali, Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso, and Mauritania as part of Operation Barkhane, France's ongoing anti-insurgent operation in the region. (More Mali stories.)

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