Mali: 14 soldiers killed in jihadist attacks

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Mali, a landlocked Sahel country, has been fighting for more than a decade against Tuareg jihadists and separatists.

At least 14 members of Mali’s armed forces were killed and 11 others wounded yesterday Tuesday in jihadist attacks in the central part of the country, the army announced Wednesday.

After reinforcements were deployed in the area, 31 jihadists were killed, he added.

An army officer in Segu, where the bodies were taken, speaking on condition of anonymity, said among the casualties in the ranks of the army was a captain who led an escort mission that was ambushed. The same source spoke of 30 soldiers and gendarmes wounded and several missing.

Ambushes and battles unfolded in an area between the towns of Mopti and Segu.

Mali, a landlocked Sahel country, has been fighting for more than a decade against Tuareg jihadists and separatists. The violence has spread to the south and spread to neighboring states, Niger and Burkina Faso.

The military junta, in power in Mali since 2020, ended Bamako’s alliance with France and its Western partners and brought in Russians, who it describes as military trainers, to help it fight the jihadists.

Western governments, however, complain that the trainers Bamako is talking about are actually mercenaries of the notorious private military company Wagner, which is said to have close ties to the Kremlin.

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