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Revealed: how French raid killed 12 Malian villagers

Publié par Clifford Armion le 28/01/2013

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A father has described the moment a French attack helicopter bombed his town in Mali, killing his wife and at least three children from another family. Amadou Jallo, 57, lost his wife Aminata in the attack on Konna in which 12 civilians died and 15 more were injured.
But the couple’s one-year-old son, Saida, miraculously survived the assault despite the fact he was being carried on his mother’s back when the helicopter struck. “I thank Allah that my son is alive. It is amazing, a miracle, that he was not hurt,” he said.
The deaths – which included those of three children aged under 11 – occurred two weeks ago as French forces tried to drive out Islamists who had taken the town from government forces, but are only now being reported after Malian troops allowed reporters into Konna at the weekend.
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"Revealed: how French raid killed 12 Malian villagers ", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), janvier 2013. Consulté le 20/06/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/revealed-how-french-raid-killed-12-malian-villagers-