Signers in Blood Battalion

Former Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) emir Mokhtar Belmokhtar (aka "Laaouar") quit the group in 2012 to assemble his own band of suicide bombers in northern Mali. The new terrorist group--Signers in Blood--"is headquartered in the Malian city of Gao, which is under the control of Islamists from the Movement for Tawhid and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), an offshoot of AQIM. Belmokhtar wants "to help to consolidate Sharia rule in northern Mali, where armed Islamists are enforcing Islamic law very strictly. Belmokhtar founded and is the leader of three groups that are closely aligned: Signers in Blood, Masked Brigade, and the Tuareg Brigade Mali. 2013 MUJAO and The Masked Batalion  announced a merger of their groups renaming themselves The Mourabitounes (also known as al-Murabitun, The Sentinels, Al-Murābiṭūn, The Almoravids). The merger is only partialy complete because it was not signed by some other groups including 'Signers in Blood'…

Signers in Blood Battalion, also known as al-Mouwakoune Bi-Dima, Signed-in-Blood Battalion, Signatories for Blood, Those Who Sign With Blood, al-Mua'qi'oon Biddam, We Sign with Blood, Masked Men Brigade, Khaled Abu al-Abbas Brigade, Muwaqaun bil-Dima is an active group formed c. 2012.

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