Six Malian troopers killed in ‘complex and simultaneous’ assaults

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Army says coordinated twin assaults additionally left 18 troops wounded, with some 30 assailants killed in navy response.At least six Malian troopers have been killed in two “complex and simultaneous” assaults in Mali’s conflict-wracked centre, in accordance with the navy.
The coordinated assault occurred at about 3am (03:00 GMT) on Sunday within the villages of Boulkessi and Mondoro within the Mopti area, near the nation’s border with Burkina Faso.
“The provisional toll is six dead and 18 wounded” among the many troopers, the military stated in an announcement, including that the assaults prompted a navy response which left “around 30 dead on the terrorist side”.
Some 40 bikes and a considerable amount of navy gear have been seized from the attackers, it added.
It was not instantly clear who was behind the assaults.

Mali’s disaster was triggered in 2012 when ethnic Taureg separatists, allied with fighters from an al-Qaeda offshoot, launched a revolt that took management of Mali’s north. But the armed group fighters swiftly pushed over the Tuareg rebels and seized key northern cities till they have been pushed out in early 2013 by French troops, along with Malian forces and troopers from different African nations
However, teams with linked to ISIL (ISIS) and al-Qaeda have sprung up in Mali’s central and northern areas, repeatedly finishing up raids towards the military and civilians as they jockey for management whereas exploiting poverty and inflaming tensions between ethnic tensions.
In September 2019, the identical military positions struck on Sunday have been focused in one of many deadliest assaults to hit Mali since 2012, with some 50 troopers killed.
That double assault was later claimed by the Support Group for Islam and Muslims, the primary alliance within the Sahel area affiliated with al-Qaeda.
On Thursday, three different Malian troopers have been killed in a bomb blast within the Mondoro space.
Mopti, Mali – mapMali has acquired help in its battle towards the armed teams from France’s Barkhane drive, which numbers 5,100 troops unfold throughout the arid Sahel area.
In addition to Mali, the French drive has been preventing armed teams alongside troopers from Mauritania, Chad, Burkina Faso and Niger.
The United Nations has additionally deployed to Mali its 13,000-strong MINUSMA peacekeeping drive, typically dubbed because the world physique’s “most dangerous” mission, having suffered 146 hostile deaths because it was established in 2013.
The long-running violence has killed hundreds of individuals and left tons of of hundreds displaced, with the nation’s centre having develop into one of many predominant flashpoints.
The UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees stated not too long ago that greater than two million individuals within the wider Sahel had fled their properties as a consequence of violence.
The UN Security Council held a gathering earlier this month dedicated to Mali’s safety disaster, whereas UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern concerning the deteriorating safety setting, pointing to the scenario in central Mali as notably worrying.