“With the help of the hand of Allah, we killed near Gao, in Muslim territory, a driver who worked for the enemy,” said a spokesman for The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO). “Oneness” is tauhid, Islamic monotheism. Not that this has anything to do with Islam.
An al Qaeda offshoot in North Africa has claimed responsibility for an attack Monday in northern Mali on an International Red Cross vehicle that killed one aid worker and left one injured.
The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), a splinter group of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), said its fighters were behind deadly attack.
The gunmen opened fire on the truck around 11am Monday as it traveled from the northern city of Gao to Niamey, the capital of neighboring Niger, to pick up equipment for a medical facility in Gao. Malian Red Cross spokesman Valery Mbaoh Nana told VICE News the vehicle was “clearly marked with the Red Cross emblem.”…
“With the help of the hand of Allah, we killed near Gao, in Muslim territory, a driver who worked for the enemy,” MUJAO spokesman Abou Walid Sahraoui told AFP, adding that the group had “achieved what we wanted with this attack.”
MUJAO formed in 2011 and took control of Gao, northern Mali’s largest city, the following year. The militants also occupied and shared control of several surrounding towns with other insurgent groups.
In January 2013, an unprecedented attack by Islamist forces on the south of the country triggered Operation Serval, a French military intervention that halted the jihadist advance and helped the Malian government regain control of Gao….