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Attack on military camp in Mali, dozens of soldiers killed

International Desk
military camp in Mali
A rebel attack on an army base in central Mali has killed at least 27 soldiers and wounded 33 more on Friday, the government said, adding that at least seven soldiers are still missing following the attack in the rural commune of Mondoro, which involved car bombs.

Seventy “terrorists” were killed in the military’s response, the statement said, without specifying which armed group was responsible.

Affiliates of both al-Qaeda and ISIL (ISIS) are active in central Mali.

The Mondoro base is near Mali’s border with Burkina Faso and has previously been targeted by rebels fighting the Malian state and foreign forces.

About 50 soldiers died after an attack on Mondoro and the nearby Boulkessi camp in September 2019.

Mali has been facing an armed rebellion since al-Qaeda-linked fighters seized its desert north in 2012, forcing former colonial power France to intervene to drive them back the following year.

The rebel fighters have since regrouped and seized vast swaths of the Malian countryside, while also expanding into Niger, Burkina Faso, and other neighboring countries.

Thousands of people have been killed and more than two million people displaced in the violence. Last year alone, armed groups carried out more than 800 deadly attacks.
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