Group linked to Al-Qaeda in Mali says it captured Russians | app

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Islamic extremist rebels in Mali linked to al-Qaida said they captured mercenary fighters from Russia’s Wagner Group in battles earlier this month.

This is the first time that extremist Malian rebels known as JNIM have claimed to capture Russian fighters. The Wagner group fighters were arrested in the first week of April in the mountainous Segou region of central Mali, said the statement from JNIM, which called the fighters “criminals”.

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