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20 Mali soldiers killed at army camp attack near Mali-Mauritania border

Mali’s government said there was significant material damage in the attack, and that reinforcements have been dispatched.

Mali’s government said there was significant material damage in the attack, and that reinforcements have been dispatched.   | Photo Credit: AFP

The attack wasn’t claimed but bears the hallmarks of jihadi groups linked to al-Qaida that are based in the Wagadu forest, located about 50 km from the attacked village.

Gunmen attacked an army camp in Mali near the border with Mauritania, killing 20 soldiers Sunday, the government and armed forces said.

The camp in Sokolo in the Segou region remains under the control of Mali’s military, the armed forces said in a statement on Twitter.

Mali’s government said there was significant material damage in the attack, and that reinforcements have been dispatched. Aerial reconnaissance is under way to track down the gunmen, it said in a statement condemning the attack.

Souleymane Maiga, a resident of Sokolo, said the attackers had temporarily taken control of the camp. “The army camp was attacked this morning by gunmen,” he said.

“The attackers temporarily took control of the camp and destroyed everything before leaving. Many of the soldiers who were in the camp took refuge in the village,” he added.

The attack wasn’t claimed but bears the hallmarks of jihadi groups linked to Al-Qaida that are based in the Wagadu forest, located about 50 km from the attacked village.

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