Mali jihadist Iyad Ag Ghali claimed attack on French: Ayrault

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 07, 2017 1:18 PM

GAO, Mali (Reuters) - Wanted Malian jihadist Iyad Ag Ghali has claimed an attack in southern Mali that killed a French soldier this week, France's foreign minister said on Friday.

Jean-Marc Ayrault was addressing journalists in north Mali's city of Gao, where he was visiting French troops based there.

Islamist groups linked to Ag Ghali have claimed dozens of attacks on Malian, United Nations and French troops operating in Mali's desert north, including the one on Wednesday which killed the French soldier.

(Reporting by John Irish; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Louise Ireland)