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Mali Kills Many Jihadis

FILE: Malian Military personnel parade in front of the heads of the transitional government during a ceremony celebrating the army's national day, in Kati. 1.20.2022

Mali's army on Thursday said it had "neutralized" (killed) nearly fifty "terrorists" during several operations carried out between July 14 and 18 in the center and east of the Sahel country.

The Malian army said "six terrorists (were) neutralized" in heavy fighting in the central Mali commune of Mondoro following an attack on a military patrol on July 14.

It also said it "neutralized" two "armed terrorist groups" the same day in the Sokolo area, and seven other "terrorists" in the communes of Kolongo, Niaro and Pogo.

By the end of operations on July 18, it said, it had neutralized two "terrorists" in the commune of Timissa, eight in the village of Tiemaba and seven in Gnawouro.

Elsewhere, "18 terrorists" suffered the same fate on the stretch of road linking the central town of Douentza with the city of Gao, in the east, according to the statement.

Thousands of people have died and hundreds of thousands have been displaced in a jihadist campaign that began in northern Mali in 2012 and later spread to Niger and Burkina Faso.

Bamako is seeing the last of the French Sahel 5 Barkhane force depart after a falling out with Paris over their deployment. Mali is also using the Russia-based mercenary Wagner Group to supplement government firepower.