The French government on Monday said that it had killed more than 50 terrorists linked to the al-Qaeda group in central Mali during an operation in the region on October 30.
French Defense Minister Florence Parly issued a statement related to the operation and said, “On October 30 an operation of great importance was carried out by the Barkhane force in Mali. The Barkhane force was able to neutralize more than 50 jihadists and confiscated arms and materials. This action had a significant blow to a group affiliated with Al Qaeda. I salute the commitment of our soldiers; far from our borders, they work for our security.”
French military spokesman Colonel Frederic Barbry said that four terrorists have been captured. Explosives and a suicide vest had been found, adding that the group was “about to attack (an army) position in the region.”