UN peacekeepers killed in Mali by Jihadists

January 21, 2019 | Brainwave Science

UN peacekeepers killed in Mali by Jihadists


10 United Nations Peacekeepers were killed in an attack in which took place in Mali. A terrorist group linked to the Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack.

Around 25 other people were injured in the attack. The Sahel region of Africa has been under threat from well-armed Jihadist groups. Even though there was a peace deal in 2015, it did not stop the violence in Mali. The group which claimed responsibility was Nusrat-al-Islam wal Muslimeen. They say that it was in response to the revival of relations with Israel by Chadian President. The attackers have not been identified yet.

The clash near Aguelhok occurred early on Sunday following an attack by assailants in many armed vehicles. High profile targets were attacked in Bamako,  and also in Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast.

Even the peacekeepers deployed by the UN Security Council have been targets of a guerilla campaign.


The Jihadist militia has killed 10 United Nation peacekeeping soldiers in addition to 25 innocent people in this dastardly attack. Some 13,000 troops are deployed in Mali as part of the UN Mission. The authorities in Mali have been recently criticized by both France and the United States for their failure to stem the increasing violence. According to the UK government, terrorist attacks are very likely to be carried out in Mali including the Capital Bamako. Foreigner visitors are especially at risk, and that the attacks could be indiscriminate. All the public is always advised to be vigilant at all places including, places of worship, business places, and all places which are frequented by foreigners like businesses, hotels, restaurants, etc.

Previous attacks in Mali include the one in November 2018, where a VBIED (Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device) killed three people when it was exploded in the proximity of a residential area in the city of Gao.

In May 2017, 7 Malian soldiers were killed, and 7 others were reported wounded in an attack on a military position in rural part of Northern Mali. 4 days prior to this attack, a deadly attack injured 9 UN Peacekeepers at Timbuktu airport. An unspecified number of soldiers were killed and injured when barracks were targeted.

Military Counter-intelligence and investigative agencies need to stop the insurgents from harming military and civilian assets. Every life counts and a reliable method to unearth the Jihadist terrorist group is needed.


Investigative techniques in use today do take time to uncover the truth. In this time, if the real culprit is not identified, then they will continue their spree of targeting the UN peacekeepers, the very men who strive to bring law and order to the troubled country of Mali.

There is hope, because Brainwave Science, a Massachusetts based company has introduced iCognative, which offers a scientific way to gather intelligence. It is not a limited and narrow discipline of crime solving but is relevant to law enforcement, human and drug trafficking, border control, immigration and national security. While DNA and fingerprinting are popular forensic techniques, believe it or not, they are only applicable to 1-2% of all cases. On the other hand, iCognative is applicable to 85-90% of the cases.

iCognative is a ground-breaking technology which has aimed to bring about a sense of reliability, accuracy into intelligence gathering. A technology of its kind has never been seen before in the realm of intelligence gathering.

iCognative works on the principle that the human brain responds differently to stimuli if its familiar than when it is not. iCognative presents a test subject with crime-related information, information which only a witness of a criminal, must know. The brain responses of the test subject to every stimulus are recorded and transmitted to the computer by a specialized headset. The computer system runs the iCognative software which is provided and supported by Brainwave Science. It immediately analyses the brain responses and outputs a response in the form of either ‘information absent’ or ‘information present’.

These stimuli can be pictures, words or phrases related to the crime. In this case, the stimuli which are presented when the jihadists are captured is the insignia and propaganda material which is related to the group Nusrat-al-Islam wal Muslimeen, plans, dates and details regarding the terrorist attacks which have been carried out by this group, details of known members, hideouts of this group, etc.

This response comes with 99.9% accuracy. The system is highly customizable and reliable. IT can be adapted to different functionalities. It can be made to be used in multiple languages. The operator does not need to exchange any words with the test subject during the test. The test is completely noninvasive. It does not use any means of coercion. Brainwave Science’s aim is to eliminate human suffering and torture during the process of interrogation.  It is as easy to use as it is easy to teach and learn. When a suspect is interrogated using the iCognative technique, it can be found out if he or she has ever had terror training, even if it were imparted years ago and even if the terrorist is inactive. This is possible because iCognative tests the presence or absence of specific information in the brain.

Main source: Times Of Israel   ABC

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