Islamist Fighters Blow Up Strategic Bridge Linking Mali To Niger

Islamist fighters have dynamited a strategic bridge near the Niger border on the road to Gao, one of the main towns in northern Mali occupied by extremists, sources said Friday.

FILE PHOTO SHOWS FIGHTERS OF THE ISLAMIST GROUP MOVEMENT FOR ONENESS AND JIHAD IN WEST AFRICA (MUJAO) IN THE COURTYARD OF THE ISLAMIST POLICE STATION IN GAO, NORTHERN MALI, ON JULY 16, 2012.
FILE PHOTO SHOWS FIGHTERS OF THE ISLAMIST GROUP MOVEMENT FOR ONENESS AND JIHAD IN WEST AFRICA (MUJAO) IN THE COURTYARD OF THE ISLAMIST POLICE STATION IN GAO, NORTHERN MALI, ON JULY 16, 2012.

“The Islamists dynamited the Tassiga bridge. No one can pass to Niger or come to Gao,” said the owner of a transport business, Abdou Maiga. A security source from neighbouring Niger confirmed the bridge’s destruction.

Also, a security source from neighbouring Niger confirmed the bridge’s destruction.

“Since this morning, no vehicle has left the border for Gao because the Islamists destroyed the Tassiga bridge with dynamite. No one can pass any more,” he said.

Tassiga is a Malian town situated 60 kilometres (35 miles) from the Niger border.

 

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