Two Malian soldiers killed, seven injured in roadside blast 


Two soldiers were confirmed dead and seven others wounded by a roadside bomb in central Mali, the army said. 

Mali’s armed forces announced on Twitter late Monday that nine troops were injured by a homemade roadside bomb in Diougani, a village in Mopti region near the border with Burkina Faso. 

Two died later of their wounds, the army said. 

The attack is coming after 13 French troops were killed in a mid-air helicopter collision last week as they were chasing jihadists in northern Mali. 

Monday’s attack is the latest deadly incident to hit the conflict-ridden West African country. 

Mali has been struggling to tackle an Islamist insurgency that erupted in the north in 2012, anhas claimed thousands of lives since. 

Despite the emergence of about 4,500 French troops in the Sahel region, plus a 13,000-strong UN peacekeeping force in Mali, the conflict has engulfed the centre of Mali and spread to neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger. 

Since November, no fewer than four Malian soldiers have been killed by such bombs, as well as two from Burkina Faso and one from France. 

More than 140 Malian troops have died since September, including 43 in a single ambush last month. 

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