Bamako - Polisario snipers were responsible for the killing of Malian troop leaders in bloody clashes last May in the northern region of Kidal, Malian Daily, L’indépendant, said on Thursday.
Bamako – Polisario snipers were responsible for the killing of Malian troop leaders in bloody clashes last May in the northern region of Kidal, Malian Daily, L’indépendant, said on Thursday.
The paper said that Malian intelligence services have found enough evidence showing the involvement of the Polisario snipers in the killing of the Malian troop leaders including Colonel Fayçal.
L’indépendant added that hundreds of Polisario fighters are currently based on the Malian-Algerian borders in a region that has never been patrolled by the Malian army.
In addition to Jihadists linked to the Algerian Moukhtar Bel Moukhtar, a large number of Polisario fighters took place in the clashes last May. Armed with Russian-made Dragunv long-range scope rifles, the polisario snipers could disrupt the command chain by targeting Malian troop leaders.
The paper noted that Polisario fighters are still in northern Mali fighting alongside narco-traffickers and AQIM with whom they engage in arms and drugs trafficking as well as hostage taking.
In 2012, Polisario fighters joined different narco-terririst networks recalled the paper, noting that several western reports pointed out to the involvement of 300 to 400 polisario members in fighting in northern Mali.
The Polisario elements retreated to northernmost Mali after the French Serval operation and the intervention of African troops.