More than a dozen robbers have been arrested in flagrante delicto in northern Mali. Malian soldiers have made numerous arrests on the road between Gao and Menaka.
It had been several days since a band of robbers raged in the area. Shepherds had reported to the Malian military that armed individuals were trying to extort a tax on them from the size of their herds. The soldiers from Gao started to patrol this vast semi-desert area between the cities of Menaka and Ansongon.
Tuesday, January 9, it is near Indelimane that took place the net. Fourteen men on motorbikes armed with machine guns were pointing at a transport vehicle. When the Malian soldiers arrived, the attackers were separating the passengers. The soldiers surrounded them at a safe distance to counter any attempt to escape and arrested everyone without a single shot.
The fourteen individuals were transferred to Gao to be identified. Several security sources argue that they are likely to belong to an armed group, signatory to the peace agreement.