Troops arrest suspect linked to extremist attacks in southern Mali

Troops arrest suspect linked to extremist attacks in southern Mali

Forces in Mali have arrested an al Qaida-linked extremist who was living in a neighbourhood near the country's international airport.

Commandant Modibo Naman Traore announced on Sunday in a government statement that the suspected jihadi has been linked to a number of attacks not only in southern Mali but also in neighbouring Burkina Faso.

Authorities described suspect Yacouba Toure as "one of the main suppliers of logistics assistance and weapons to jihadi groups in southern Mali".

Toure had joined extremists in northern Mali back in 2010 where authorities say he received weapons training before the French-led military operation in 2013.

Analysts have expressed growing concern about the rise in Islamic extremism further and further south from its stronghold in northern Mali in recent months.

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