The French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian confirmed Monday taken by Islamists Diabali city, 400 km north of Bamako, near the border with Mauritania.
We knew there would be a cons-offensive to the west, especially as there are elements determined, more structured, more fanatical (...) They took Diabali, which is a small town After heavy fighting and after a resistance of the Malian army was equipped insufficiently at this time, said Minister in the TV BFM-TV.
Taking Diabali by jihadists despite French intervention that bombards four days their columns and positions, was announced to AFP by an elected city.
Islamists are in the city of Diabali. There are many. This morning, they exchanged fire with the Malian military and the shooting stopped and the Islamists entered the city, he said, after requesting anonymity.
Islamist fighters are led by one of the leaders of Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb (AQIM), a source of regional security.
Abu Zeid, one of AQIM leaders, directs operations itself. He and his men left the Mauritanian border, to prevent raids by French aircraft, the source said.
France, proclaiming himself in war against terrorism in Mali, Friday blocked the progression of Islamist armed groups who control the north of Mali for nine months, to the center of the country and bombed for the first time Sunday Islamist positions in the north, Gao and Kidal, in the heart of the territories jihadists.
Islamist positions Nampala, about fifty kilometers Diabali and a jihadist training camp in Lere, near Mauritania, have been particularly targeted by airstrikes Sunday French.