Jihadists kill five soldiers in ambush in central Mali

A military patrol “reacted strongly to an ambush by an as-yet unidentified armed terrorist group” at noon in the Macina Circle, the army said in a statement, adding that three attackers were also killed.

In addition, five Malian military vehicles were burned and three of the attackers’ vehicles were destroyed, the same source said.

Earlier, the UN Mission in Mali (Minusma) announced that three of its peacekeepers were injured on Saturday by an explosive device near their camp in Kidal, in the northeast of the country.

Since the outbreak of independence and the jihadist rebellions in the north in 2012, Mali has been plunged into confusion that has left thousands of dead, many of them civilians, despite the support of the international community and the intervention of the forces of the UN, French and African.

The violence, interspersed with conflict between communities, has spread from the north to the center of the country, which has become the main focus, and then to neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger.


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