Eric Flory, a French national who moved to Mauritius, was killed in Mali in a double attack against the UN claimed by Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). This occurred on Tuesday evening, May 31, in the town of Gao, in northern Mali.
Former military residing in Riviere Noire, Eric Flory worked for the UN. He went to Gao a few days earlier as part of a mission. Presented as an “international expert”, he acted as the provider for the UN Department of fight against mines (UNMAS).
His local work environment has been targeted by night “by unknown assailants,” said a spokesman for the Secretary General of the UN Ban Ki-moon. “Two Malian security guards” were also killed in the attack. Hours earlier, in another part of town, a Chinese peacekeeper was killed in the explosion of a car bomb.
AQIM claimed responsibility for both attacks the next day. The terrorist organization said that they were executed by members of al-mourabitoun, the group of Algerian jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar. AQIM had claimed responsibility for the attacks in Bamako, capital of Mali, in November 2015 in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) in January, and Grand Bassam (Ivory Coast) in March.
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