Two jihadists convicted, sentenced to death for 2015 Mali attacks
The confessed in court, he attacked a club in the capital Bamako
cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad by France’s Charlie Hebdo magazine.
Two jihadists convicted and sentenced to death by a Malian court on Wednesday for the killing of over
The shocking attacks were among the first to explicitly target bars and restaurants popular with foreigners
in Mali, which has been gripped by a brutal jihadist insurgency since 2012.
Fawaz Ould Ahmed, a Mauritanian Islamist also known as “Ibrahim 10”, and his Malian co-defendant, Sadou
Chaka was handed the death sentences immediately after the verdict was read out at the end of two days of hearings.
A third defendant, Abdoulbaki Abdramane Maiga, also a Malian national, was sentenced to death in absentia.
Ould Ahmed had earlier told the trial that he had attacked a nightclub in the capital Bamako, killing five people,
in revenge for cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed by France’s Charlie Hebdo magazine.
A Frenchman, a Belgian, and three Malians were killed in the March 2015 attack, when gunmen sprayed the
Terrasse bar and restaurant with bullets, one of two deadly attacks targeting Westerners in Bamako that year.
“We are the ones who carried it out, Al-Mourabitoun,” said Ould Ahmed, referring to a prominent jihadist group in the Sahel.