Five people were killed in an attack targeting the headquarters of the G5 Sahel regional anti-terrorism force in Mali on Friday, army sources said.
Two Malian soldiers and three attackers were killed in the battle, the governor of the Mopti region, General Alassane Sidi Toure told Radio Nationale.
Another four soldiers were injured and four attackers were arrested, with the three of them also being treated in hospital.
By attacking the G5 Sahel force, “a symbol of the battle against terrorism,” the perpetrators had wanted to send a message, the governor said. “But it won’t diminish in the slightest our determination in the fight against terrorism,” he said.
The attack took place between 1 and 1:30 pm (1300-1330 GMT) at the organization’s general headquarters in Mali’s Sevare city, Diaran Kone, a spokesman for the Malian army said.
The G5 Sahel cross-border joint military force is made up of Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger, Mali and Chad and was launched in 2017. Its mandate is to combat terrorism in the region and it comprises 5,000 troops.