The Algerian military has not confirmed the affiliation of the slain jihadists, but they reportedly belonged to an al Qaeda splinter group that has pledged loyalty to the Islamic State.
According to Human Rights Watch, the latest victim of the upsurge in violent crime is Central Mali, where a group known as the Macina Liberation Movement has been carrying out attacks against civilians and soldiers.
A French general said 20 elite soldiers were involved in the operation Monday to free a Dutch citizen kidnapped in 2011 by al Qaeda-affiliated militants.
One Red Cross worker was killed and another injured when gunmen opened fire on a vehicle that was delivering supplies to a hospital in northern Mali.
France’s defense minister has announced more troops to combat Islamist insurgents in Africa's Sahel and a continued military presence on French soil, in the wake of January's terror attacks.
The Nampala attack is the deadliest in the country since an ambush along the road between Ansongo and Menaka in northeastern Mali killed nine UN peacekeepers in October.
French president François Hollande has announced the release of Serge Lazarevic, kidnapped three years ago in northern Mali.
Military campaigns and international forces have been struggling for two years to track down and destroy roving terrorist groups and this is the tenth French soldier to be killed since France sent troops to Mali in 2013.
Fleeing war for poverty in Burkina Faso has left them in a horrible limbo.
When it comes to going to war, it’s not too often we get to see France beat the US to the punch. But in the case of Mali, the troubled north African country with a serious jihadi problem, the French are playing the usual American role of global...