It is reported that the announced measure was taken for security reasons, in order to combat Islamist terrorist groups. “As part of the fight against terrorists, from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. (local time – note ‘RG’) there is now a curfew. People should not leave their homes at the indicated times, transit is prohibited,” AFP quoted the official. saying. The change will be in effect until the end of March. A similar decision was made earlier in Coulpelego, a region in southern Burkina Faso.
This week, the Prime Minister of Mali, Shogel Kokalla Maiga, said that cooperation with Russia in the military sphere provided Mali with a full-fledged turning point in the fight against terrorism inside the country. According to the official, thanks to the supply of Russian weapons, the situation in the field of combating terrorism has become much better than before.
“For Malians, the important thing is not the quantity, but the result. Today we can confirm that fear has moved to another field. Terrorists no longer cause fear among Malians. On the contrary, the Malian army causes fear among terrorists, this is important,” Maiga said. He also stressed that military cooperation with Moscow would continue.
In recent years, Russia has intensified cooperation with Mali in the military field. So, in November 2021, the Malians received four Mi-171 military transport helicopters from Moscow. In August last year, Russia handed over another batch of aircraft to the African state, including Su-25 attack jets, L-39 combat trainer jets, Mi-8 and Mi24P combat helicopters.