The North African grouping “al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb” (banned in Russia) called the attack on tourists in côte d’ivoire, the revenge of France for the offensive against Islamic radicals in the African Sahel region. About it reports Reuters referring to the statement by the group, which was published in a group chat in one of the social networks.
The group also urged all countries who help France to refuse to participate in the operation.
“Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb” is a wing of the banned in Russia the terrorist organization “al-Qaeda”.
According to the Agency, the Minister of foreign Affairs of France Jean-Marc Ayrault and interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve arrived in côte d’ivoire. They want to appease a large French community in the country and to expedite the investigation of the attack on tourists.
The terrorists shot the tourists at the beach March 13. As a result of the incident killed 16 people, including four Frenchmen. Six of the attackers were “neutralized”.
Over one and a half years (from January 2013 to July 2014) France conducted an operation “Serval” in Mali against Islamic militants. In the fighting took part in other countries, including Russia. Now the French forces in the region continues in the framework of operation Barkhane, which targets militants in the Sahel region.