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On Oct. 19, French forces captured three men and seized an arms cache in a raid in the town of Kidal in northern Mali. The suspects are believed to be tied to a rocket attack on a UN base there on Oct. 7. The following day, French counterterrorism forces "issued a firm warning to the terrorist groups active in northern Mali, declaring that their criminal acts thwarting people's freedom and claiming the lives of peacekeepers shall not go unpunished."
The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) claimed it carried out the Oct. 3 attack in Mali that killed nine Nigerian peacekeepers in Gao. MUJAO's emir vowed to conduct more attacks against UN peacekeepers in northern Mali.
Jihadists ambushed a MINUSMA convoy between Ansongo and Menaka in northern Mali, killing nine Nigerien UN peacekeepers and wounding several others. French forces reportedly arrested four jihadists affiliated with Mokhtar Belmokhtar's group Al Mourabitoun near Gao several days ago. Terrorists are said to be regrouping in northern Mali.
The UN mission reported that one Chadian peacekeeper was killed and four were seriously wounded when their vehicle hit a landmine near Aguelhok in northeastern Mali. The head of the UN mission condemned the attack as a war crime.
A rebel group in Kidal in northern Mali captured an al Qaeda operative known as Meherig Jafar and transferred him to Malian security forces. Jafar is believed to be a deputy to Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a senior leader in the al-Murabitoon Brigade, which is separate from al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb but loyal to al Qaeda.
At least four UN troops were killed and six seriously injured when a convoy of Chadian peacekeepers hit a land mine about 20 miles outside of Kidal. In separate attacks yesterday, mortars were fired at a UN base in Aguelhok, and four UN civilian contractors were injured by a landmine. A UN spokesman said attacks in the area have been increasing. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's Sahara branch recently claimed four attacks carried out in Timbuktu in July and August.
The UN Security Council condemned the Aug. 16 suicide attack in Ber that killed two UN peacekeeping troops from Burkina Faso and wounded seven other troops, and said the attack will not deter UN efforts. On Aug. 10, French special forces captured three suspected members of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb near Timbuktu; the UN's Mali mission said that an AQIM cell based west of Timbuktu possibly included Somali, Chadian, and Tunisian nationals as well as a man with dual Spanish-Moroccan citizenship.
Islamist militants carried out a suicide car bombing outside a patrol base in Ber, about 40 miles east of Timbuktu, killing two UN peacekeeping troops from Burkina Faso and injuring nine other troops. Three peacekeeping troops were injured earlier this week by land mines, in two separate attacks.
French forces dropped up to five bombs in the Essakane region west of Timbuktu yesterday, targeting al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb positions. President Keita said last week that he is committed to preventing the emergence of a caliphate in Mali.