Jihadist attack leaves 20 soldiers dead in Mali

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At least 20 Malian troops have died in a suspected jihadist attack on Monday, in the latest bout of violence in the war-torn West African country.

A local government official who confirmed the incident said the attack happened in a military base in the northern town of Bamba early on Monday morning. Another local official gave a similar account, explaining that the militants arrived on motorbikes and in cars.

“Investigations are still ongoing on the ground because the death toll must be higher than the 20 deaths announced,” the official said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Mali has been struggling to contain a jihadist revolt that first broke out in the north in 2012, and which has since spread to the centre of the country and to neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger.

 




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