British troops kill suspected Isis fighters in Mali
British troops have killed two suspected jihadists, believed to be Islamic State fighters, after coming under fire while on a United Nations mission in Mali.
The clash, the first lethal gun battle by regular forces since 2014, took place as reconnaissance troops hunting safe routes through the country’s barren east from Gao to Menaka spotted two armed men on a motorbike and gave chase in a fleet of open-top Jackal vehicles.
The suspected terrorists crashed and then fled into the bush, carrying a belt-fed machinegun and a Kalashnikov rifle, with the British soldiers pursuing on foot.
“At that point they [the British troops] came under fire from about 10 metres away,” Major Gavin Hudson, the Long Range Reconnaissance Group chief of staff, told The Sun