DAKAR, Senegal – A radical Islamic group operating in northern Mali released a report enumerating their attacks since the start of a three-month-old, French-led military offensive.
According to a transcript provided by SITE Intelligence, the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, or MUJAO, claims credit for nine operations around the northern Malian city of Gao, including suicide bombings. For nearly 10 months, Gao was ruled by MUJAO, an offshoot of al-Qaida's chapter in Africa.
Their fighters were flushed out of the city following the French military intervention in January, but they have since regrouped, launching a number of suicide attacks.
The statement identifies one of the suicide bombers as an Egyptian, indicating the group's foreign recruits are still in Mali actively waging jihad.