Ex-Malian PM wants anti-terror war conducted with ‘tact, intelligence’

Mali's ex-Prime Minister Moussa Mara has called for "tact and intelligence" in the fight against terrorist networks in the country.

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Mali's ex-Prime Minister Moussa Mara
Mali's ex-Prime Minister Moussa Mara @AFP

“The fight against these groups, some of which have been well integrated in our territory and within our communities, should be done with tact and intelligence,” he told Xinhua in a recent interview.

Mali's ex-Prime Minister Moussa Mara
Mali’s ex-Prime Minister Moussa Mara @AFP
“We should know how to defend ourselves well and anticipate the attacks through intelligence and more appropriate observation. We must know how to precisely attack our targets without hurting the population,” he added.

In the month of July and early August 2016, terrorist attacks increased in central and northern Mali, leaving at least 30 people dead. Ansar Dine terrorist group claimed responsibility.

According to the former prime minister, the terrorist groups want to “derail the peace process, spread insecurity and create inter-ethnic conflicts which serve their cause.”

He however said organizations currently dealing with the menace in the country do not have the ambition of conquering terrorists or acquiring political positions, but to create a situation that favours their expansion. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana

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