Al-Qaeda Affiliate GSIM Claims Suicide Operation Against Russian Wagner Group Site In Mali; Attack Against Niger Gendarmerie Forces In Niger

July 26, 2023

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On July 24, 2023, the Al-Zallaqa Media Foundation, 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 that GSIM fighters carried out a suicide operation in Mali, against a site belonging to the Russian mercenary Wagner Group, in Molodo village, in the Niono area of the Ségou region.[1] GSIM has previously carried out attacks against the Wagner Group.[2]

On July 22, Al-Zallaqa reported that on July 14 GSIM operatives ambushed Niger Gendarmerie forces between the towns of Makalondi and Torodi, in Niger's Tillaberi region near the border with Burkina Faso. Reportedly, GSIM killed and injured soldiers, and seized a vehicle, a DShK machine gun and a Kalashnikov. The media outlet shared a photo of the seized vehicle.[3]

In addition, on July 18, Al-Harb 'Ala Al-Khawarij (The War Against the Kharijites), a pro-Al-Qaeda and anti-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet, claimed that GSIM had taken control of strongholds of the Islamic State in the Sahel Province, in Mali's Gao province.[4]

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