Five Malian Soldiers Killed By Roadside Bomb

A file photo of Malian soldier. AFP photo.

 

Five Malian soldiers were killed on Monday in roadside bomb attack in the volatile centre of the country, a government spokesperson said.

Malian forces were travelling in the region of Alatona in the centre of Mali Monday morning when their convoy hit the homemade bomb, destroying four vehicles.

“Reinforcements are already in place for the operation to neutralise the enemies,” the spokesperson Yaya Sangare said on Twitter.

Three Soldiers, 13 ‘Terrorists’ Killed In Mali Attacks

Malian anti-riot police officers arrive to control a demonstration against the lack of transparency of the presidential election’s campaign, on June 2, 2018, in Bamako. PHOTO: Michele CATTANI / AFP

 

Three Malian soldiers and 13 “terrorists” were killed in fighting at an army camp in central Mali on Saturday,┬áthe defence ministry said.

The troops “repelled a terrorist attack in the early morning,” in the central town of Boni,” the ministry said.

The army forces “killed 13 terrorists and recovered arms and munitions,” and three soldiers were killed while the attack was repelled, the statement added.

Earlier, military sources told AFP that two troops had been killed, along with 13 terrorists in two attacks in the region.

Residents in Boni told AFP that helicopters were later circling the area but that calm had returned by afternoon.

Islamic extremists linked to Al-Qaeda took control of the desert north of Mali in early 2012, but were largely driven out in a French-led military operation launched in January 2013.

In June 2015, Mali’s government signed a peace agreement with coalitions of armed groups. But the jihadists remain active, and large tracts of the country remain lawless.

Since 2015 jihadist attacks have been concentrated on central and southern Mali and have spread into neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger.

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At Least 10 Malian Soldiers Killed In Attack On Camp

At least 10 Malian soldiers were killed on Saturday in an attack on their camp in the restive north blamed on jihadists, military sources and a local official told AFP.

The camp in Soumpi, Timbuktu region, was targeted on Saturday morning by armed men, they said.

“Ten of our men were killed in action this Saturday during a cowardly terrorist attack on the Soumpi camp. There are 17 wounded,” a military source reached in Bamako told AFP.

The local official confirmed the death toll of the attack, and said five wounded men were transferred to the town of Niafunke for medical treatment.

A foreign military source described the attack as “complex”, adding there were “several victims”.

Mali’s deteriorating security situation is of growing concern as Al-Qaeda-linked groups mount increasingly deadly attacks on domestic and foreign forces.

The latest attack comes two days after 26 civilians including mothers and babies were killed when their vehicle ran over a landmine in Boni, central Mali, according to a UN death toll.