Al-Qaeda Affiliate GSIM Claims Attack Against Wagner Group In Mali; Two Attacks Against Burkinabe Forces, Killing Over 50 Soldiers And Seizing Drone Along With Large Quantity Of Weapons And Vehicles

September 7, 2023

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In the past two days, between September 6-7, 2023, Al-Zallaqa, the media arm of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in the African Sahel, Jama'at Nusrat Al-Islam Wal-Muslimeen (the Group for Support of Islam and Muslims – GSIM), reported about an attack in Mali against the Russian Wagner Group and two additional attacks in Burkina Faso against Burkinabe soldiers, in which over 50 were killed and a large quantity of spoils including a drone seized.

On September 6, Al-Zallaqa reported that on the morning of the same day, GSIM fighters ambushed Russian Wagner Group operatives, in the Niono area of Mali's Segou Region, resulting in casualties among the Wagner forces.[1]

Also on September 6, Al-Zallaqa released a statement claiming that on August 30, GSIM fighters repelled an attack by Burkinabe forces on the outskirts of Kongoussi, in Central Burkina Faso, killing and injuring soldiers and seizing a drone along with two vehicles, a DhSK, three PK machine guns, an RPG, 10 AK-47s, motorcycles and other equipment. Al-Zallaqa released photos documenting the seized spoils.[2]

On September 7, Al-Zallaqa released a statement claiming that on September 4, GSIM fighters attacked Burkinabe forces, in Koumbori, Ouahigouya region, killing over 50 soldiers and seizing two vehicles, a 14-mm weapon, two RPGs, six PK machine guns, 60 Kalashnikovs, 47 motorcycles, nine mortars, nine boxes of PK and Kalashnikov ammunition, 418 boxes of other ammunition, and various other equipment. Al-Zallaqa released photos documenting the seized spoils.[3]


[1] Chirpwire, September 6, 2023.

[2] Chirpwire, September 6, 2023.

[3] Chirpwire, September 7, 2023.

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