By Rida Lyammouri
February 17th, 2017
Analysis and Comments
- Sahel MeMo recorded at least 106 casualties and 138 injuries, making January 2017 one of the deadliest month in Mali’s history. AQIM Gao attack on 18 JAN 17 is the deadliest by a jihadist group in Mali and the region.
- Gao attack on Mécanisme Opérationnel de Coordination (MOC in French) the victims were mostly fighters from armed groups.
- Besides victims of Gao attack most of casualties were recorded among Malian forces, Sahel MeMo recorded at least 15 killed and 14 wounded in January 2017.
- Sahel MeMo recorded 1 MINUSMA peacekeeper killed and at least 2 injured in January 2017.
- Sahel MeMo recorded at least 3 assassination attempts against elected officials in central Mali in January 2017.
- AQIM released video of Beatrice Stockly kidnapped in Timbuktu one year ago, on 07 January 2016.
- January 2017 witnessed at least 3 attacks on Non-government organizations (NGOs) complicating further any efforts to assist disadvantaged and unprotected population in remote areas, notably northern and central regions.
- Sahel MeMo recorded at least 18 violent incidents related to violent extremist organizations (VEOs).
- Sahel MeMo recorded at least 10 armed robberies in northern and central Mali
- January 2017 witnessed decline in the number of attacks claimed by Ansar al-Din through its media outlet, al-Rimah.
- Following the Gao attack number of suspects were arrested, including well-known locals in Gao Region. This indicates further possible murky ties between these individuals and militant groups despite differences in ideology.