The State Department noted that JNIM - an affiliate of the al-Qaeda terror group (outlawed in Russia) - was formed in 2017 and operates in the Sahel region of Africa.

Armed men killed 18 civilians in two ambushes its restive central region. Officials today said, twelve persons were killed on Wednesday as they went towards a blast that claimed a life of a soldier.

Mali's Prime Minister has resigned along with his entire government yesterday after it came under mounting pressure over handling the violence in the restive Mopti region.