An armed group announces the killing of four Russian Wagner members in Mali

A group linked to Al-Qaeda announced the killing of four mercenaries of the Russian private security group Wagner in an ambush in central Mali, according to the site web “SITE” which follows extremist Islamic movements. A statement released by the propaganda arm of Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wa al-Muslimin, which is the main alliance in the Sahel region, says the group ambushed Wagner soldiers on Saturday while they were in motorcycle in the Bandiagara district, headed from the village of Dagalo to the mountains. SITE has verified the authenticity of the declaration. According to the statement, members of the group killed four of Wagner’s members, while the rest fled. Two local elected officials confirmed the incident to AFP, while a senior Malian military official refused to confirm or deny it.
“Four Russians were killed over the weekend by gunmen near Bandiagara,” a local official told AFP. in condition of anonymity.