The source in Mali’s capital Bamako said the clash happened on April 26 about 60 km (40 miles) from Algeria, in a remote area of the Sahara desert where a mixture of traffickers, nomadic Tuareg rebels and Islamist gunmen operate, Reuters reports.
“It was an army patrol that stopped a
Al Qaeda’s North African wing claimed responsibility for kidnapping four Western tourists and two Canadian diplomats in December and January in the West African desert.
The diplomats and two of the tourists were freed last month, but two men from
Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure said after the hostage release last month it was time to take action and end insecurity across the Sahara and Sahelian region of