Four Malian soldiers have died in a landmine explosion and a gun attack in Mali's north.

vrijdag, januari 29, 2016

Four Malian soldiers have died in a landmine explosion and a gun attack in Mali's north. The region fell into the hands of militias linked to al-Qaeda in 2012.

A Malian soldier was shot dead in an ambush Thursday morning on the outskirts of Timbuktu," a military officer told journalists in the northwestern desert city on Thursday. The soldier was driving a military vehicle when he was attacked. "The shooter is on the run, he added.

Elsewhere, at least three other soldiers died when their vehicle hit a landmine near the city of Gao, army spokesman Souleymane Maiga said. "The [vehicle at the] head of our convoy hit a mine 37 kilometers (23 miles) southwest of Gao, near Douetntza. We deplore the death of three of our own," he added. Two other soldiers were reported to be in "critical condition."

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks.

 

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