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Egypt condemns terrorist attack on G5 Sahel military base in Mali

Ahram Online , Saturday 30 Jun 2018
A still image taken from a video shot on June 29, 2018, shows a damaged military vehicle inside African military taskforce, G5 sahel headquarters, in the town of Sevare, Mali (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt’s foreign ministry strongly condemned on Saturday the attack on the headquarters of the G5 Sahel international anti-terror taskforce headquarters in Mali on Friday, which left six soldiers dead.

Egyptian foreign ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid expressed Egypt’s condolences to the families of the victims as well as the government and people of Mali.

Abu Zeid added that Egypt supports the Group of Five Sahel countries in confronting the terrorism that targets the security and stability of countries in the region.

On Friday, assailants driving a vehicle rigged with explosives attacked the compound in the town of Sevare, exchanging gunfire with Malian troops, officials said.

Pictures from the scene showed the charred remains of a vehicle, a crater and battered building walls.

The G5 Sahel is a regional force created last year to root out jihadists in West Africa's semi-arid Sahel region.

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