MALI - TERRORIST ULTIMATUM TO ARMY & SEIZURE OF WOMEN
The MNLA and their accomplices (jihadists and drug traffickers) now control several localities in the North, Kidal and Menaka. In this locality (Menaka), they have even taken control of the rural radio station called "The Voice of Azawad".
Late last week, the terrorists asked the Malian army leave Menaka. They have even issued an ultimatum, it has been learned, which expired on Monday.
But the situation becomes untenable for Mali soldiers that are deployed at the camp. Meanwhile, acts of provocation by terrorists are multiplying.
Menaka consists mainly of Nigerian soldiers. They are often patrolling. But far from reassuring the population, these patrols have no effect on the terrorists. Instead, the MNLA and accomplices have strengthened their position in Menaka. Also, they kidnapped dozens of women to other locations. These poor women are now used as "sex slaves." These are the same women who are manipulated and forced to march to demand the withdrawal of the Malian army.
But in Bamako, the capital of Mali, the Malian authorities choose to remain either silent or lie by pretending that all is well in the North.
Translated from Malijet by Mariam Diallo
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