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30.06.2015 Mali

Ansar Dine claims Mali attacks, threatens I. Coast and Mauritania

By AFP
Fighters of the Islamic group Ansar Dine standing guard at the Kidal Airport in northern Mali in 2012.  By Romaric Hien (AFP/File)
JUN 30, 2015 MALI
Fighters of the Islamic group Ansar Dine standing guard at the Kidal Airport in northern Mali in 2012. By Romaric Hien (AFP/File)

Bamako (AFP) - Jihadist group Ansar Dine on Tuesday claimed responsibility for two weekend attacks in Mali near the borders with Mauritania and Ivory Coast, and threatened to strike both countries.

"We are claiming the attack at Nara and the one at Fakola -- Islamic lands -- to punish the enemies of Islam," Ismael Khalil, a radical preacher and member of Ansar Dine, said by telephone. He added that the militants would "multiply the attacks in Ivory Coast, Mali and Mauritania, countries that work with the enemies of Islam."

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