Terror attack in Mali kills 53 soldiers

Fifty-three soldiers were killed Friday in a "terrorist attack" on a Mali military post in the northeast of the country, AFP reported, citing government sources. It is one of the deadliest strikes against Mali's military in recent Islamist militant violence.

A civilian was also killed at the outpost in Indelimane, in the Menaka region, close to the border with Niger, the country's communication minister Yaya Sangare said on Twitter. "The situation is under control. A search and the process of identifying the bodies is continuing," he added, after giving the latest update on the death toll.

He said 10 survivors were found at the outpost, which suffered "significant" damage.

The Malian government earlier condemned the "terrorist attack." It comes a month after two jihadist assaults killed 40 soldiers near the border with Burkina Faso, however several sources said the death toll had been down played.

Northern Mali came under the control of Al-Qaeda linked jihadists after Mali's army failed to quash a rebellion there in 2012. A French-led military campaign was launched against the jihadists, pushing them back a year later, but the jihadists have regrouped and widened their hit-and-run raids and landmine attacks to central and southern Mali.

 

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