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30 Malian soldiers killed as terrorists attack army base

Soldiers of the Malian army secure the pist between Goundam and Timbuktu, northern Mali

PARIS, FRANCE––Mali continues to face fierce attacks from suspected jihadists as Islamic militants killed fourteen soldiers and wounded 10 others during an attack of an army base in the conflict-torn West African nation, according to Military sources.

During the unexpected attacks, Malian troops managed to in turn kill 17 of the Islamic-militancy bent attackers and seized their vehicles, the military announced in a statement over the weekend.

Military high command said the attack occurred in the town of Soumpi, south-west of the ancient city of Timbuktu.

“These barbaric attacks will not scare us, on the contrary, they strengthen our determination to fight against terrorists,” Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said on national television.

The recent attack took place less than three days after 26 civilians were killed in an explosion during a battle between the military and al-Qaeda-leaning Islamic insurgents.

Mali has been unstable since separatist rebel groups, and later al-Qaeda-associated Islamic militants took control of its northern region in the wake of a 2012 military coup that toppled former president Amadou Toumani Touré.

Since then, the United Nations has maintained a large peacekeeping mission in the West African country.

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Michael Harrington

Michael Harrington is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.

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