Mali’s interim president Bah Ndaw has ordered three days of national mourning for the deaths of more than 30 soldiers in an attack by suspected jihadists in the city of Tessit, Gao province, starting Thursday. .
The decree approved by the president stipulates that the mourning “in honor of the elements of the armed forces who fell on the field of honor in Tessit” will be respected as part of the attack carried out on Monday. The flags will fly at half mast during these three days, as reported by the Malijet news portal.
The Malian army announced on Wednesday that 33 soldiers were killed in the attack, which also resulted in the deaths of 20 attackers. At the moment, no group has taken responsibility for the incident, despite the fact that Al-Qaeda and Islamic State branches operate in the region.
The armed forces also pledged “determination” against terrorism, one of the scourges that plagues both Mali and other Sahel countries. In the case of Mali, the action of the local army is complemented by the French military operation “Barkhane” and the multidimensional integrated stabilization mission of the United Nations in Mali (MINUSMA).
Mali has seen a growing number of jihadist attacks in recent months by both al-Qaeda affiliates in the region and the Islamic State, which has also increased inter-community violence and caused tens of thousands of people to be displaced.