Malian officials claimed that have seized 750 kilos of cocaine after a two-hour gun battle with smugglers near the country’s northern border. The cocaine, worth $45 million, was found in two abandoned 4x4s.
From the BBC:
“The seizure took place... following a car chase and gun fight, or a battle, you could say, as they had military weapons," a senior Territorial Administration Ministry official told Reuters news agency.
"After two hours of fighting, the smugglers, who were driving three Algerian-registered off-roaders, abandoned two of them, loaded their wounded into the third vehicle and fled over the border," he said.
West Africa has long been thought of a transfer point for South African cocaine entering Europe. In fact, large drug seizures have taken place in Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Senegal and Sierra Leone.