Mali: Leader Warns of Jihadi Camps

Niger’s president, Mahamadou Issoufou, said Thursday that Afghan and Pakistani jihadis were training recruits for Islamist groups in northern Mali, the latest sign it is slipping into terrorist hands. It was impossible to confirm his accusations immediately. In an interview with France 24, Mr. Issoufou said that talks to reach a peaceful solution in Mali continued. Mali collapsed into chaos after soldiers toppled the president in March, leaving a power vacuum in the north that enabled Tuareg rebels to take control of nearly two-thirds of the country. But the uprising also has involved a mix of local and foreign Islamists, who appear to be better armed and to have the upper hand in the rebel-occupied north. Mr. Issoufou said Niger had evidence that Boko Haram, an Islamist group that has become a security threat in Nigeria’s north and fostered links with Al Qaeda’s North African wing, was running training camps in Gao, Mali.