France says one of its soldiers has been killed during a “maintenance operation” in northern Mali.
Mali says it has evidence that France has been training “terrorist” groups operating in the West African country.
A report by a UK-based investigative group says an airstrike by France in Mali early this year killed 19 civilians and was a “complete violation of international human rights and international humanitarian law.”
French’s President Emmanuel Macron says France would begin the process of shutting its bases in northern Mali later this year.
Mali's second military coup in nine months has elicited a chorus of condemnation, with the latest stern rebuke coming from the African Union, which has both suspended the country with immediate effect and threatened it with more sanctions.
Mali’s interim president and prime minister have resigned, two days after they were arrested by the military and were transferred to a military base outside the capital, an aide to the vice president says.
The top French military officer has dismissed as “biased” a United Nations report into an airstrike that killed at least 19 civilians in Mali early this year, alleging that it sought to turn the local people in the Sahel region against France.
Human rights activists have called on France to open an investigation into a January 3 airstrike on central Mali after a United Nations probe confirmed that the aerial attack had resulted in at least 19 civilian deaths.
Local officials say the French military, purportedly on counter-terrorism missions in Mali, has killed six civilians in an airstrike in the northern part of the West African nation.
Unidentified armed "bandits" in Niger have staged several attacks in the restive region of Tillaberi, killing dozens of people, inflicting damage, and stealing vehicles, the government says.