Over 100 dead in French strikes and fighting in Mali

More than 100 people including rebels and government soldiers were killed in Mali during French air strikes and fighting over the strategic town of Konna, Malian military sources and witnesses said on Saturday.

An army officer at the headquarters of Mali’s former military junta in Bamako said nearly 30 vehicles carrying Islamist fighters had been bombed and “over 100” rebels had been killed in fighting.

“We have driven them out, we are effectively in Konna,” Malian Defense Ministry spokesman Lt. Col. Diaran Kone told Reuters. “We don’t know if they have planted mines or other traps, so we are moving with caution. There were many deaths on both sides.”

A shopkeeper in Konna said he had counted 148 bodies in four different locations in the town. Among the dead were several dozen uniformed government soldiers. Others wore traditional robes and turbans.

Fighters from the Islamist coalition that currently controls northern Mali do not wear military clothing.

A resident in the town of Gao, the stronghold of the MUJWA Islamist group, said fighters had begun arriving with their dead on Friday.

“Electric power is available at the mortuary, which is not always the case. And the Islamists have bought plenty of burial mats,” the man said.

Reuters

photo: Onlookers run from a fire at Ngolonina market in the Malian capital of Bamako

  • Btru2u

    France has a lot of blood on its hands. They put the Assad family in power and let him be, and now the French are attacking the Muslims in Mali. One day the Muslims will unite and take over France.

  • Btru2u

    France has a lot of blood on its hands. They put the Assad family in power and let him be, and now the French are attacking the Muslims in Mali. One day the Muslims will unite and take over France.

  • The french are as disgusting as asshead.

    • FreetheME

      Speaking of disgusting, Assad isn’t the one speaking of how much sex he has each day. I think you should keep you personal life, “AH PERSONAL”. Just some free friendly advise.

  • The french are as disgusting as asshead.

    • FreetheME

      Speaking of disgusting, Assad isn’t the one speaking of how much sex he has each day. I think you should keep you personal life, “AH PERSONAL”. Just some free friendly advise.

  • Whatever they are Islamic terrorists trying to take over another country…Kill them all

    • 5thDrawer

      Actually, they are trying to take over Africa. Always easier where education is marginal.
      And the ‘Al-Shishkabobs’ have anti-education in their name.

  • Whatever they are Islamic terrorists trying to take over another country…Kill them all

    • 5thDrawer

      Actually, they are trying to take over Africa.