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Posted On February 5, 2018 By In COUNTRIES, Mali, Photo gallery, SLIDER-, VIDEO&PHOTO With 624 Views

Suspected jihadists kill two soldiers in Mali

Bamako (AFP)

Suspected jihadists killed two Malian soldiers overnight in the country’s unstable north, military sources said Monday, adding that they also attacked a police station.
Mali’s deteriorating security situation is of growing concern as Al-Qaeda-linked groups mount increasingly deadly attacks on domestic and foreign forces.
“Terrorists on motorbikes opened fire” on two soldiers from the National Guard at Gossi, south of Gao, a major city in the region, a military source told AFP.
Another source said the two men were shot in the head.
On Sunday evening, suspected jihadists also attacked a police station at Hombori, about 90 kilometres (55 miles) south of Gossi.
“The army responded. To the best of our knowledge, there are no victims,” a security source told AFP.
At least four civilians were killed in the north on Friday and Saturday and authorities have banned motorbikes and pick-up trucks in some areas to prevent further jihadist attacks.
Such vehicles are often used by Islamist fighters, in the north and the centre of the country.
The ban applies to a dozen “circles” in the central regions of Segou and Mopti and northwest Timbuktu region, a military statement said.
Islamic extremists linked to Al-Qaeda took control of the desert north of Mali in early 2012, but were largely driven out in a French-led military operation launched in January 2013.
In June 2015, Mali’s government signed a peace agreement with coalitions of non-jihadist armed groups. But Islamist insurgents remain active, and large tracts of the country are lawless.

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