Five soldiers killed in armed attack in central Mali

 Five soldiers killed in armed attack in central Mali

BAMAKO, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) : Five soldiers and three terrorists were killed in an attack on a military patrol in central Mali, the Malian Armed Forces said in a statement on their website.    
 The army’s Operation Maliko patrol team “reacted energetically” to the ambush set up by an armed terrorist group on Sunday around 11:45 am, the statement said, adding that five vehicles belonging to the army were also burned during the attack.    
 The West African nation has witnessed frequent violent attacks in recent months. On Sept. 1, two Operation Maliko soldiers were killed and four others were wounded in an artisanal mine explosion on the RN6 (national road 6) between Boni and Douentza, in the middle of the country.    
 Some 15 Malian soldiers were also killed in an ambush on August 19 on the RN6 (National Road No. 6) around Boni (Douentza), central Mali.    
 Since 2012, Mali has been facing a profound multifaceted crisis at the security, political and economic levels. The separatist insurgencies, then the jihadist incursions as well as the inter-communal violence left thousands of people dead and hundreds of thousands of others displaced despite the presence of the UN (MINUSMA), French (Barkhane) and European (Takuba) forces.    

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