Violence in Mali, 21 Including 9 Soldiers Killed

In 3 separate incidents due to violence in Mali, at least 30 people, including nine soldiers lost lives. Around 21 lost lives due to sudden attack at central Malian village, destroying houses, crops and livestock. A squad of eight soldiers also killed in an ambush, while another was murdered during an assault on a Gao area military camp.

In recent years these allegations have sparked a rash of interethnic abuse. 160 people lost lives in Ogossagou last March for another attack and blame the authorities on the militia of the Dogon. The attack led to several demonstrations against alleged government indifference, later resigning Mali’s chief minister, Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga.

No one took credit for the latest attack but village chief Aly Ousmane Barry told local press that the attackers had struck several hours after government troops had withdrawn from the area. Malian security forces said on Twitter in a separate incident that they had incurred “material damage” during an attack in Bintia village which killed eight soldiers.

Mali Continues to Combate with the Terrorists

Another attack at a camp in Mondoro kills a ninth soldier, which is frequently a place of attack by militants. Malian forces have managed to regain control of large swaths of land. It seizes by extremists with help from France, that has 4,500 troops station in the area since 2012. In Mali, the United Nations has 13,000 peacekeeping troops.

Mali continues to control the conflict which has spread to neighbouring places. It includes Burkina Faso and Niger, thousands of lives have been lost. Combating terrorists in the Sahel region, including Europe, sees vital to maintaining security further afield.

Foreign Minister of France, Florence Parly flew to Washington last week. This is with the intention that the American could convince him to continue his logistical support, drones, security and transport.

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