Foreign Ministry: Algerian truck divers attacked by armed group in Gao, Mali

Algerian truck drivers were attacked by an armed group made up of four individuals traveling on motorcycles in Gao, Mali, injuring three, a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Community abroad said on Saturday.

“The attack took place on the outskirts of the city of Gao, Mali, at two in the morning on the night of July 8, in a camp used by truckers to rest. The attackers had demanded money. Not having won their case, they resorted to the use of their firearms, klachnikovs according to the truck drivers”, specifies the same source.

According to the press release from the ministry, “three Algerian nationals were injured, one of them seriously. They were evacuated to Gao hospital, where they were taken care of. One has already been released from the hospital while the other two are kept under medical supervision.”

The ministry points out that “according to the information available, no vital prognosis has been committed. This criminal act has not been claimed and is attributed by the inhabitants of this city to the criminal gangs which activate in this region of Mali”.

“The convoy is made up of seven trucks with seven drivers engaged by an Algerian company in the transport of goods between the two countries”, specifies the ministry, stressing that “the Algerian embassy in Bamako follows closely the situation of these nationals”.

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