Egypt condemns deadly bomb attack on anti-terror force in Mali

Source: Xinhua| 2018-07-01 01:03:44|Editor: mym
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CAIRO, June 30 (Xinhua) -- The Egyptian Foreign Ministry condemned Saturday the recent deadly suicide bomb attack on the headquarters of the UN regional G5 Sahel anti-terror taskforce in conflict-stricken Mali.

The attack, which took place on Friday and killed at least six people, was claimed by the so-called Support Group for Islam and Muslims, a militant group linked to Al-Qaeda.

"The Egyptian government and people stand in solidarity with their Malian counterparts in confrontation of terrorism," said the Egyptian Foreign Ministry's statement.

Formed in 2017 to counter terrorism in the West African region, the G5 Sahel multinational regional force consists of up to 5,000 troops from Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania and Niger.

Egypt voiced support for the G5 Sahel counterterrorism force "in facing the phenomenon of terrorism that targets the security and stability of the region."

Mali is plagued by a civil war and the rise of Islamist militants linked to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS) regional terrorist groups.

Egypt has also suffered from terror activities at home that killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers as well as civilians since the army toppled former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

Local IS affiliates claimed responsibility for most of the terror attacks in Egypt.