Attack underway on African counterterror force’s HQ in Mali

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — An attack was ongoing Friday at the Malian
headquarters of a new, five-nation counterterror force in West
Africa, the force’s commander told The Associated Press.

The assault began when a car packed with explosives detonated,
Gen. Didier Dacko said by phone from neighboring Niger. “The
attack is underway as I speak with you,” he said.

Residents said the blast shook the community of Sevare, near the
central city of Mopti.

This is the first time the G5 Sahel headquarters has been
targeted. The assault comes shortly before French President
Emmanuel Macron and African leaders meet at an African Union
summit starting Sunday in Mauritania, with the regional extremist
threat on the agenda.

There was no immediate information on…

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