A helicopter of Mali’s armed forces, returning from a mission against jihadists operating in the country, crashed on Saturday in a district of the capital Bamako, the army general staff announced.

This crash occurred after an army supply mission was ambushed in the north of the country.

“At approximately 1:10 p.m., an armed forces attack helicopter, returning from a mission, crashed in a residential area of ​​Bamako,” the general staff said. “Investigations are underway to assess the situation, provide assistance to any victims and minimize any damage,” he added, without elaborating further.

A source, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity, said the crash occurred in the Misabugu district. That area has been cordoned off, a police officer said.

Another military source said the helicopter was returning from the border with Mauritania, where it was taking part in an operation against jihadists. The military did not elaborate on this operation. Local officials in Nara, a city near the border, said the attack took place today at around 10.15am local time. Last week an official government delegation was ambushed near Nara. An al-Qaeda-linked group, the Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims (GSIM), claimed responsibility on Friday.