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World Nineteen soldiers killed in attack on Mali army camp, army says

16:45  26 january  2020
16:45  26 january  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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BAMAKO (Reuters) - Nineteen soldiers were killed and five wounded in an attack on an army camp in central Mali before dawn on Sunday, army spokesman Dirran Kone said . The identity of the attackers was not immediately clear. Islamist groups with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State operate

Nineteen soldiers were killed and five wounded in an attack on an army camp in central Mali before dawn on Sunday, an army spokesman and a local Army spokesman Dirran Kone said the camp was later under control, reinforcements were in place and a search was underway for the assailants.

BAMAKO, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Nineteen soldiers were killed and five wounded in an attack on an army camp in central Mali before dawn on Sunday, an army spokesman and a local official told Reuters.

Senegalese soldiers of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali MINUSMA (United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali) patrol in the streets of Gao, on July 24, 2019, as an armoured vehicle of the FAMA (Mali Armed Forces) drives nearby, a day after suicide bombers in a vehicle painted with UN markings injured one French, several Estonian troops and two Malian civilians in an attack on an international peace-keeping base in Mali. - Malian authorities have struggled to improve security since France intervened in 2013 to drive back Islamic insurgents in the north. Around 4,000 French troops are deployed under Operation Barkhane alongside the MINUSMA peacekeeping force of around 15,000 soldiers and police. (Photo by Souleymane Ag Anara / AFP)        (Photo credit should read SOULEYMANE AG ANARA/AFP/Getty Images) Senegalese soldiers of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali MINUSMA (United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali) patrol in the streets of Gao, on July 24, 2019, as an armoured vehicle of the FAMA (Mali Armed Forces) drives nearby, a day after suicide bombers in a vehicle painted with UN markings injured one French, several Estonian troops and two Malian civilians in an attack on an international peace-keeping base in Mali. - Malian authorities have struggled to improve security since France intervened in 2013 to drive back Islamic insurgents in the north. Around 4,000 French troops are deployed under Operation Barkhane alongside the MINUSMA peacekeeping force of around 15,000 soldiers and police. (Photo by Souleymane Ag Anara / AFP) (Photo credit should read SOULEYMANE AG ANARA/AFP/Getty Images)

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A joint force with soldiers from neighboring Burkina Faso was pursuing the extremists behind the attacks , the government said in a statement. Fighting between armed groups has spilled over the border into Burkina Faso to the south of Mali . Nearly 30 people have been killed in Burkina Faso's

The identity of the attackers was not immediately clear. They entered the camp near the village of Sokolo at about 0500 GMT, opened fire, destroyed some structures and left soon after, said Balco Ba, a deputy administrator in the nearby town of Niono.

Army spokesman Dirran Kone said the camp was later under control, reinforcements were in place and a search was underway for the assailants. The Malian army's official Twitter account said a Malian plane had been deployed to monitor the scene.

Islamist groups with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State operate in arid central and northern Mali and have used the area as a base from which to launch attacks on soldiers and civilians across neighbouring Burkina Faso, Niger and beyond.

Large areas of the Sahel, the band of scrubland south of the Sahara, have fallen out of the control of armies and police forces, vexing local governments and their international partners who have struggled to contain the spread of jihadist groups across West Africa.

Twenty-four Malian soldiers were killed and 29 wounded when militants attacked a patrol in northern Mali in November. Twenty people were wounded earlier this month in the north, including 18 U.N. peacekeepers from Chad, in a rocket attack on a military base for U.N., French and Malian forces.

(Reporting By Tiemoko Diallo, Writing by Edward McAllister, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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